ENGLAND/Plantagenet; John CE 1199-1216

AR Short Cross Penny cut half 0.63 g, possibly Chichester or Durham mints, Pieres Moneyer

SCBC 1351

O: [henr]icvs R-EX  facing portrait of John (5b)


thanks to Tom Redmayne of the Yorkshire Numismatic Society for helping identify the moneyer.


Canada Polymer Notes Series 2012-2013

 $5 Series 2013

$10 Series 2013

$20 Series 2012

The smaller denominations saw greater use from the folds apparent in the bills. The $20 less use was apparent but as with all Canadian and British polymer notes we've experienced, it is difficult to lay them out so they're flat on a surface. Once folded or bent they tend to maintain that shape.

Unfortunately, the USA and Eurozone are still committed to more easily forged paper notes with no inference that they will eventually convert to this harder to forge technology.



ISLAMIC/Iran; Qajar; Muhammad Shah CE 1834-1848 محمد شاه قاجار

AR Qiran 17mm, 4.06 g, Isfahan mint, no discernable date but possibly AH 1255 as these are most abundant..

Album 2913

O: Muhammad Anbiya' Shahanshah (Muhammad King of the Prophets)
R: "struck at Isfahan dar as-Sultanah" date is off the planchet.

ISLAMIC/Hafsid Anonymous c. AH 700/ CE 1300

AR Dirham, 1.3 g, 16 mm, possibly Tunis? mint but not legible on this poorly struck example.

Album 514 (S)

According to Album, Hafsid square dirhams "are identical to the Muwahhidun, but are written in square Kufic instead of rounded Naskhi script, but are much coarser than the Muwahhidun Kufic equivalent (cf. A-496A)…." (Album Checklist page 84, 3rd edition).

on the right side photo the three line inscription that appears on square dirhams of the Muwahhidun also appears here "Allah Rubna/Muhammah Rasulna/al-Mahdi Imamna", though much of the inscription is obscured by the poor strike.