Jordan 1969 25 dinars
This specimen was lot 3109 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $2,820. The catalog description noted, "JORDAN. 25 Dinars, 1969. NGC PROOF-65 ULTRA CAMEO. Large 2 ounce gold piece featuring the image of King Hussein and the Dome of the Rock. Some minor breaks in the frosting on the devices of the reverse and a few light wisps in the obverse fields but otherwise quite brilliant and attractive. With serial # 637 from a mintage of only 1,000 pieces." Jordan, long a part of the Ottoman Empire, was seized by the British at the end of World War One but then granted independence under a local monarchy in 1946. King Hussein (r. 1951-99) proved to be an adroit politician who managed to maneuver between Israeli armed strength and the urgings of his Arab neighbors to attack Israel. Forced to participate in the wars of 1948, 1956 and 1967 (losing all three), the king stood aside when Sadat attacked Israel once again in 1973.
Recorded mintage: 1,000.
Specification: 69.11 g, .900 fine gold, 1.986 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-1; KM-27.
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