SHARJAH 5 rupees 1964


UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, SHARJAH, 5 rupees, 1964, Obverse: John F Kennedy, silver, 0.5787 ozT, KM1, B-X1, light scratch on cheek, invisible from most angles, Unc

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At the time this coin was issued there was some discussion of whether the proof coins should be called proof just because they had the word “proof” on them. Everyone got over that, I think.

Wikipedia says Sharjah is a very nice place.

The southwestern coast of the Red Sea was inhabited in Paleolithic times. In ancient times the region was usually under the boot of Persia or just got free of it. Latterly the Portuguese and then the Ottomans were involved in what was, for the most part, throughout history, absentee ownership. The British wanted the trade route, and made treaties with the sheikhdoms governing obstensibly on behalf of the Ottomans. They called them, collectively, the Trucial States. Then, after World War II, they decided they couldn’t afford to take care of their external affairs for them, so they renounced the treaty. The neighbors immediately aggressed and some diplomacy had to happen. Their hands forced, most of the sheikhs decided to formally launch a joint venture they were going to call the United Arab Emirates.

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.