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How do you identify Arabic silver coins?

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Identifying any foreign coin is largely a matter of learning as much as possible about the coin from its markings, metal composition, country of origin and age. Many conversion tables are available online, once this information has been gathered, to translate dates and originator information. Sometimes this is difficult, as dates on Arabic coins are read right-to-left, according to the World Coin Gallery.

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How do you identify Arabic silver coins?
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The first step in identifying a coin of unknown provenance is to pinpoint its place of origin. Sometimes this is easy. Currencies stamped by countries that use the Roman alphabet often have names that can be easily deciphered. Arabic, however, is not familiar to the majority of Westerners, though it could possibly be translated by someone who knows how to read that alphabet. Once the markings have been translated, the next step is to seek out the coin's date of manufacture. Knowing when an Arabic-language coin was stamped can be the difference between looking up coins in a modern catalog of Saudi Arabian currency and a century-old book of Ottoman coins. Here, it is helpful to use an online date converter to pin down the foreign calendar dates to the Gregorian year. Fortunately, many dealers have readily available rare-coin catalogs.

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