Coinage Conundrum

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

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Have you ever taken a looks at Jordanian coins minted during King Hussein's rule and compared them to the ones more recently minted? There are some date inconsistencies on the reverse sides that I can't figure out.

The most recent coins minted during the Hussein era contain the dates 1416-1996 (in a left-to-right order). Abdullah-era coins, however, contain the dates 1421-2000 (right-to-left order this time).

Can someone explain this to me? 1416? The burning of Jerome of Prague as a heretic, perhaps? 1421? China discovers the North American continent? Commemoration of the death year of Mehmet I, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire? The first number might not be a date after all? Jeez, the money should be a bit more self-explanatory.

2 Comments:

Blogger Firas said...

It's the Islamic year, it's according to the Islamic calender.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_calendar

1996-1416 = 580
2000-1421 = 579

It varies form year to year.

6/06/2006 3:53 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Thanks, Firas. I figured it out and hopped on to post my findings when I read your comment.

6/06/2006 5:49 PM  

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