Add to Your Collection With Iraqi Paper Money
Certain types of Iraqi banknotes are considered collectible currency. The dinar was first issued in the 1930s in denominations starting at ¬ dinars. As Iraq?s legal tender, the standard denomination later became issued in 50, 250, 10,000, and 25,000 bills.What are examples of collectible Iraqi paper money?
Below are some of the collectible Iraqi dinar bills. Some of these notes are available on eBay.
- Kingdom Series - These dinar banknotes were standard issue in the 1930s up to the early 1950s. The denomination starts at ¬ and goes up to 100 dinars. The main color schemes of the series include combinations of black, green, red, and yellow. The front of the bill features King Faisal I. The 1 dinar of this series has the last king of Iraq, Faisal II, as a young boy.
- Swiss Series - This was circulated by the Central Bank of Iraq from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s. The name for this dinar currency series has been attributed to the Swiss plates used for printing the paper bills. The denomination goes from ¬ to 25 dinars. Images printed on different denominations include Saddam Hussein, the Samarra Mosque, mathematician Hasan Ibn al-Haytham Alhazen, among others.
Iraqi dinar banknotes have some of the following features:
- Gold dinar - Some of these paper notes have an image of the medieval gold dinar coin minted from the Ummayad period.
- Images of past leaders - Collectible currencies feature the images of former Iraqi leaders, including King Faisal I and Saddam Hussein.
- Coat of Arms - Some of the dinar notes issued in the past feature the kingdom of Iraq?s coat of arms.
The Iraqi dinar has several security features to distinguish it from counterfeit paper money. These include the following:
- Horsefigure watermark - The watermark is imprinted on the left side of the banknote. Each note has a distinct set of serial numbers in Arabic.
- Value detectable in UV light - When the bill is held against an ultraviolet light source, the denomination stands out.
- Other features - A real Iraqi dinar also has metallic ink and a security thread integrated into the paper.