Morocco AH 1299-Pa 5 dirhams

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photo courtesy Heritage Auctions
photo courtesy Heritage Auctions

Under Moulay al-Hassan I, Morocco 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 1 rial, which was equal to 10 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.

Shown is a five dirham (or half rial) silver coin from the Paris mint. The date is AH 1299, or 1882 AD. It was lot 61292 and sold for $299 on Oct 12, 2010 at the Monthly World Coin Auction #610101 by Heritage Auctions. The catalog description reads: "Al-Hasan I 5 Dirhams AH1299 (1881), MS64 PCGS."

Recorded mintage: 1,400,000.

Specifications: 14.558g, 0.835 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM Y7.


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