The collecting of international numismatic items (coins, currency and exonumia) can be a fun and interesting hobby. Anyone with a desire to learn of the history of civilizations and countries can learn what was considered to be so important that their money proudly displayed it. Others wish to learn or teach finer details of unique coins. Education and the sharing of knowledge is a primary focus of NI, with the scholarly NI Bulletin, the library and the publications. In addition, the semi-annual Bid Sale allows members to acquire items of interest or to sell excess numismatic items. This is done in a spirit of friendship with members who have similar interests.
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Numismatics International’s Coin Spotlight:
REPUBLIC OF SYRIA - 1 Pound - 1950
Following independence from the French and British mandate system at the close of World War II, politics in Syria became particularly chaotic. In May 1948 the president of Syria, in league with other Arab states, invaded Palestine to "destroy the Zionists" and prevent the formation of an Israeli state. With that failure came a succession of three military coups all within the space of one year in 1949. The last military leader, Colonel Adib Shishakli, lasted until another coup was successful against him in 1954. The Republic a Syria coinage began in 1948 and featured a new Coat of Arms consisting of the Hawk of Quraish (or Falcon of Qureish in the SCWC) and a banner stating "Republic of Syria." This hawk or falcon originates in the Arabic tradition of falconry which used both types of birds of prey. Among the arabesques and oak leaves of the reverse is a cartouche also proclaiming the Republic. This .900 fine gold pound (6.7586 g; 20 mm; PCGS MS66) was only issued in 1950 with a mintage of 250k. A half pound was also issued with the same design but the mintage was only 100k. You can view a selection of other Syrian coinage, both before, during, and after the Republic of Syria at this link.
The NI Bulletin:
The May/June 2018 edition of the NI Bulletin is now available on this website for members to download. The May/June 2018 NI Bulletin includes the following articles:
- Ecuadorian Trial Coin Dated 1832 by Xavier Alban
- Costa Rica 8 Reales, 1846B "2-reales" Counterstamp (Type V) with "8" Countermark on a Guatemala Cob 8 Reales, 1793(J) by Daniel Frank Sedwick
- Johan Friedrich of Brandenburg-Ansbach Gets His Crown Direct From God, by Robert Ronus
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