HEJAZ 20 para (circa 1917 AD)


HEJAZ, 20 para, no date (circa 1917 AD), Reverse: countermark on, nickel, 1327 AH year 4, KM3, VF

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Hejaz is a large part of western Arabia. It contains Mecca, Medina, and Jiddah. Muhammad got started there. The Ottoman appointed Sharif of Mecca, Hussein bin ‘Ali Al-Hashemi, declared independence and allied with the British to drive the Ottomans out of Arabia. In 1916 he declared himself King of a large area that included Syria, Iraq, Jordan, and Palestine. The French and British tore that venture apart. Hussein abdicated, his son was defeated by the Saudi armny, grandsons became kings of Iraq and Transjordan.

Middle East is, generally spealing, Morocco east to Afghanistan, Sudan in the south to Turkey in the north.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.