Palestine 1931 50 mils
Palestine was long a province of the Ottoman Empire when Britain occupied it as a League of Nations mandate in 1920, disappointing both Jews and Arabs. British officials had made vague promises to both groups during World War One then decided to keep the region for Britain to protect their interests in the Suez Canal. Hopelessly embroiled in the Arab-Jewish conflict, Britain bailed out in 1948, enabling Israel to obtain its independence. The Palestinian currency was the pound, divided into one thousand mils but the largest coin issued was the hundred mils. This type was struck 1927-42; the 1931 is a rare date. The weight matches the Indian half rupee. This specimen was lot 4383 in Goldberg sale 70 (Los Angeles, September 2012), where it sold for $483. The catalog description noted, "Palestine. 50 Mils, 1931. Pop 3; 4 finer, 3 in AU 58 and 1 in MS 63 at PCGS. AU-55. Jerusalem Collection."
Recorded mintage: 500,000.
Specification: 5.83 g, .720 fine silver, .135 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 6.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Ira and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 70: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles, CA: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2012.