MOROCCO 1 dirham 1208 AH (1793/4 AD) Rabat Al-Fath mint


MOROCCO, Sulayman II, 1793-1822, 1 dirham, 1208 AH (1793/4 AD), Rabat Al-Fath mint, Obverse: رناو الؤااح (Rabat Al-Fath) in Solomon’s Seal, Reverse: عام (year) 1208, silver, 22mm, 2.35g, C108a.4, crude, cleaned VG

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Morocco was making coins back in Phoenician times, then came the Romans, then various Arab dynasties until the current one. The ancient inhabitants were the ancestors of the Berbers. Arabs invaded starting in the 8th century AD, with large migrations occurring in subsequent centuries. European operations began with the Romans and continued through the Spanish and the French. The modern kingdom is relatively stable in comparison with its neighbors, except for that business with the territory to the southwest, that is still unresolved.

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.