I never was a coin collector, but my grandfather was . Throughout his life, he managed to get a valuable collection of more that 350 coins from different parts of the world some of which are very ancient and quite interesting.
Years ago, when granddaddy showed me the box of coins, I couldn't hide my amazement and excitement as we started digging into the box; for it was more like digging into history and geography.
The treasure box, as I used to call it, contains coins that are hundreds of years old, from almost every country on the planet: Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Libya, Tunis, Algeria, Sudan, Iran, Turkey, United States of America, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Australia, Spain, Cyprus, Russia, Nigeria, Malta, even China and Japan, and many other countries whose language I couldn't understand, so I failed to figure out where do these coins come from.
I could spend hours exploring the box, and examining the coins that have many stories to tell. Each coin is a story by itself; it takes us back in history to different ages and eras, reminds us of remarkable historic figures, leaders and events, or even introduces us to new facts and information.
Realizing this great interest I had in it, my grandfather, God bless his soul, decided to offer me the box before he passed away. Yay! Now the treasure box is all mine!
Yesterday, I accidentally came across the box, so I decided to scan some of the coins and blog them. I hope you find this interesting as much as I do.
As I mentioned before, there are hundreds of years old coins that belong to various epochs. Some are too old that no date or any kind of writing can be shown on them. Others belong to 1770's, 1800's, 1910's, 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60', 70's, up to 80's and 90's. Click on the images to enlarge.
Apparently, these are the oldest. I wonder to what time do they belong.
The oldest one ,whose date is recognized, belongs to the year 1773.
1861. Napoleon III.
These three belong the Uthmany era, two of them dated 1223, and another dated 1255, Hijri of course. Now we are in the year 1427 Hijri, which makes the coins more than 200 years old.
This one also belongs to the Uthmani Khilafah, dated 1327, a hundred years old. With the words (liberty-equality-justice) emblazoned on it. Yeah right! :D
حريت- مساوات-عدالت بالتاء المفتوحة
و: دولة عثمانية، على الجهة الثانية من القطعة النقدية.
1917. Hussain Kamel, that's what's written in Arabic on one side of the coin, which makes this coin too belong to the Othmani era. Hussain Kamel is one of the Turkish Sultans, the son of Al khedewy Ismael, ruled Egypt from from 1914 till 1917.
Syrian coins. dated:1921, 1929 and 1935.
very old lebanese coins.
. لبنان الكبير
The State of Greater Lebanon that was proclaimed in 1920.
I tried hardly to photoshop this picture, to make it more clear, but with no success.
Anyway, this is the only coin that I found from
The United Arab Republic which was announced on February 1st, 1958, after
As you can notice, the one in the middle has the picture of Jamal Abdel Naser.
At another one there's the statement:
تذكار سوق الانتاج الصناعي والزراعي
ذكرى إعادة إنتخاب
Queen Elizabeth, on Cyprus and Canada Coins too.
French coins: Libertie, Egalitie, Fraternitie
USA: In God we trust.
Japanese? or Chinese? I wonder how could he get these!!
Other uses for coins. Casino du Liban.
These were samples from granddady's coins collection. I hope you liked them :)