LIBYA, copper para, 1222


LIBYA, Mahmud II, 1808-39, para, 1222 (error), Obverse: toughra in circle in dotted circle, Reverse: mint, date in circle in dotted circle, copper, 24mm, 4.3g, KM81v, V59, F

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In Ottoman times Tripoli was called Trablus Gharb, or Western Tripoli to distinguish it from the other Tripoli in Lebanon. Ottoman Tripoli was a backwater, and its coins are all scarce and rare.

Middle East is a funny kind of phrase. It “should” mean the “middle,” say, Egypt to Iran. But in common usage it means everything from Morocco in far northwest Africa all the way to Afghanistan. Right? I mean, if I talk about “the Levant,” or Jazira, you have to know something about geography. But if I say “Middle East” you’re going to have a picture in your head. Maybe Cairo, maybe Kabul, but you’ll have the reference.

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.