The United Arab Emirates was established in 1971 and started minting coins in 1973. (Requester Pamela: check the date on your coin.)
The Western year 1981AD, Islamic year AH1401, is the 1500th anniversary of al-Hegira, the journey of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in the year 622AD. Computations of elapsed years is complicated by the fact that Western calendars use solar years, while Islamic calendars use lunar years. and both calendars start on different dates. The large Arabic characters on the reverse side of the coin proclaim the 1500th anniversary, with the 5 dirham denomination in smaller script below.
A short while ago I went to a fancy restaurant and had 'deconstructed cheesecake' for dessert. I received a small plate with a blob of cheese, a line of graham cracker crumbs, and some loose, sloppy whipped cream. The dessert, as far as I could tell, was the chef's excuse for not using a springform pan!
The Celts used the same basic 'deconstructed' approach to the patterns on this coin. Usually you cannot discern the likeness of Apollo, but with this example from Ira and Larry Goldberg it is possible to make him out. The reverse side shows a deconstructed warrior driving a chariot.
I don't know where Miss Liberty's tail came from, but it sure is hard to ignore! See below for more information on Liberty's tail.
French Indo China is Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia today. They issued several denominations of coin with the tailed Liberty design on the front of the coin and the specific denomination on the back. The 10 cents is the smallest, and the piastre is a large coin the size of a US silver dollar. All these coins are made of silver with various purities (e.g., TITRE 90 = 90% pure). Some of the value of these coins comes from this precious metal they contain:
These are tokens, also called jetons, used in games and gambling during (what else?) the good old days. Dates range from 1787 to 1800, although they were probably produced well after that time as well. Patterns are many, but with a similar theme. They are made of brass.
There is an excellent write-up on these intriguing tokens over at Chard, and CoinQuest thanks Chard for use of their photo.
This is a brass dupondius, also called an as, minted in Nemausus, also called Nimes, in the Gaul (near France) region of the ancient Roman Empire. Typical weights run between 11 and 13 grams, with diameters near 27 mm. The two portraits are Augustus, also called Octavian, first Emperor of Rome, and his boyhood friend Agrippa. On the reverse, a crocodile is chained to a palm tree.
The coin in our picture (upper left) sold for 130 euros (about $138 US dollars) during a 2015 auction by Jean Elsen et ses Fils in Brussels. Thanks to Jean Elsen for granting copyright release to CoinQuest.
These silver coins come from France under King Louis XIV (LVD XIIII on the coin). Unless your coin is beat to a pulp, bent, severely stained, spotted, or otherwise mutilated, it is a valuable piece. The 1 ecu coin in our picture is in gorgeous condition with tremendous eye appeal. It sold for 1150 euros (about $1200 US dollars) during a 2015 auction by iNumis in Paris. CoinQuest thanks iNumis for use of their nice coin photo.
The coin comes in four denominations: