Morocco AH 1309-Pa 2-1/2 dirhams
Under Moulay al-Hassan I, Mocorro began production of milled coinage. Silver weights were standardized to a degree not obtainable in previous years. The denominations were changed to mazunas and dirhams, with 1 dirham = 50 mazunas. The 'crown' denomination was one rial, which was equal to ten dirhams. Starting from the time of al-Hassan I, the ruler was honored on the coins not directly by name, but by an word or expression that alluded to him. This specimen was lot 33694 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $305.50. The catalog description noted, "Moulay al-Hasan I 2-1/2 Dirhams AH 1309 (1892) MS64 NGC. A slightly better date from this fleeting series, presenting argent-white centers, russet and teal tone at the peripheries, and bold definition due to an exacting strike. Choice for the grade and rather enchanting in hand. From the F.P. Briand Collection." This Paris mint product was issued AH 1299, 1309-1314.
Recorded mintage: 229,000.
Specifications: 7.27 g, .835 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-Y6.
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