Morocco AH 1316-Pa 5 dirhams
The ruler Abdul al-Aziz succeeded his father Hassan I in AH 1311. He continued having coins struck in Paris, and added issues struck in London and Berlin. The denominations were mazunas and dirhams, with one dirham = 50 mazunas. The 'crown' denomination was one rial, which was equal to 10 dirhams. During this time, 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 33695 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $199.75. The catalog description noted, "Abd al-Aziz 5 Dirhams AH 1316 (1898) MS63 NGC. A broad selection with autumnal golds and reds that mottle the lustrous surfaces. Rarely-offered and very alluring in this Choice Mint State quality." This Paris mint product was issued AH 1314-1318.
Recorded mintage: 160,000, a better date.
Specifications: 14.558 g, 0.835 fine silver, 0.3908 oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM Y12.2.
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