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Iraq Kingdom - Part 1: Circulation Coins

Category:  World Coins
Last Modified:  6/18/2019
Set Description
The Kingdom of Iraq was the sovereign state of Iraq during and after the British Mandate of Mesopotamia. The kingdom began in August 1921 with the coronation of Faisal bin al-Hussein bin Ali al-Hashemi as King Faisal I. The kingdom ended in 1958 when the monarchy was overthrown in a coup led by Abd al-Karim Qasim, proclaiming the Republic of Iraq.

This is a two-part set of coins featuring the coins of the Kingdom of Iraq. The first part (current page) consists of all the circulating coins, including all date and mintmark varieties. The second part consists of the proof coins made during the kingdom period.

The monetary system used was simple. The main currency unit was the Iraqi Dinar, which consisted of 5 Riyals. The Riyal was equal to 4 Dirhams. The Dirham was equal to 50 Fils. In other words, 1 Dinar = 5 Riyals = 20 Dirhams = 1000 Fils

Generally, the coins can be divided into three main groups, based on the reigning monarch at the time the coins were minted.

# King Faisal I #

Though Faisal I began his reign in 1921, under the British Mandate, coins were only struck in 1931. The King died of a heart attack 2 years later. During this time, circulating coins were minted in 1931 (6 coins), 1932 (1 coin), and 1933 (7 coins).

# King Ghazi #

Ghazi succeeded the throne after Faisal I's death at 21 years of age. His reign was short-lived nonetheless as he died in 1939 under mysterious circumstances involving a car accident in a sports car. During his reign, circulating coins were minted in 1936 (1 coin), 1937 (2 coins), 1938 (14 coins, including 5 that were struck in Bombay), and 1939 (1 coin).

# King Faisal II #

The third and last monarch of this short-lived Kingdom reigned longer than his father and grandfather combined, though he died younger than both of them. That is because he became king at the young age of 4. He was eventually assassinated on July 14, 1958. During his reign, circulating coins were minted in 1943 (2 coins), 1953 (7 coins), and 1955 (3 coins).

With a couple of exceptions, this set is not very difficult to complete in lower grades, but completing it in UNC / BU is a different story as many of the coins are extremely rare in high grades such as the 1 Riyal 1932. The rarest coins in the series are the 100 Fils 1955 and the 20 Fils 1933 with the Hijra date error.

Set Goals
All of the circulation coins issued by the Kingdom of Iraq (1931-1955).

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View Coin 1 Fils, 1931//1349, Faisal I IRAQ FILS AH1349//1931 NGC MS 64 BN 4,000,000 minted. Weight: 2.50 g. Metal: Bronze. Diameter: 19.5 mm. KM-95.
View Coin 2 Fils, 1931//1349, Faisal I IRAQ 2F AH1349//1931 NGC MS 65 RB 2,500,000 minted. Weight: 5.00 g. Metal: Bronze. Diameter: 24.0 mm. KM-96.
View Coin 4 Fils, 1931//1349, Faisal I IRAQ 4F AH1349//1931 BSEISO COLLECTION NGC AU 58 4,500,000 minted. Weight: 4.00 g. Metal: Nickel. Diameter: 21.0 mm. KM-97.
View Coin 10 Fils, 1931//1349, Faisal I IRAQ 10F AH1349//1931 NGC MS 63 2,400,000 minted. Weight: 6.75 g. Metal: Nickel. Diameter: 25.0 mm. KM-98.
View Coin 20 Fils, 1931//1349, Faisal I IRAQ 20F AH1349//1931 NGC AU 58 1,500,000 minted. Weight: 3.60 g. Metal: Silver. Diameter: 20.5 mm. KM-99.
View Coin 50 Fils, 1931//1349, Faisal I IRAQ 50F AH1349//1931 BSEISO COLLECTION NGC AU 58 8,800,000 minted. Weight: 9.00 g. Metal: Silver. Diameter: 26.5 mm. KM-100. At least MS 62 in my opinion and will be sent for a re-evaluation.
View Coin 200 Fils (Riyal), 1932//1340, Faisal I IRAQ RIYAL AH1350//1932 NGC MS 64 500,000 minted. Weight: 29.00 g. Metal: Silver. Diameter: 34.00 mm. KM-101. This coin is extremely rare in UNC condition and this particular one is the finest graded. (note: images are of my previous coin, I will update as time permits)
View Coin 1 Fils, 1933//1352, Faisal I IRAQ FILS AH1352//1933 NGC MS 63 BN 6,000,000 minted. Weight: 2.50 g. Metal: Bronze. Diameter: 19.5 mm. KM-95.
View Coin 2 Fils, 1933//1352, Faisal I IRAQ 2F AH1352//1933 NGC MS 65 RB 1,000,000 minted. Weight: 5.00 g. Metal: Bronze. Diameter: 24.0 mm. KM-96.
View Coin 4 Fils, 1933//1352, Faisal I IRAQ 4F AH1352//1933 NGC MS 62 4,500,000 minted. Weight: 4.00 g. Metal: Nickel. Diameter: 21.0 mm. KM-97.
View Coin 10 Fils, 1933//1352, Faisal I IRAQ 10F AH1352//1933 NGC AU 58 2,200,000 minted. Weight: 6.75 g. Metal: Nickel. Diameter: 25.0 mm. KM-98.
View Coin 20 Fils, 1933//1352, Faisal I IRAQ 20F AH1352//1933 NGC MS 63 1,100,000 minted. Weight: 3.60 g. Metal: Silver. Diameter: 20.5 mm. KM-99.
View Coin 20 Fils, 1933//1252 (error), Faisal I IRAQ 20F AH1252//1933 ERROR DATE NGC AU 58 unknown mintage (included in 1,100,000). Weight: 3.60 g. Metal: Silver. Diameter: 20.5 mm. KM-99. This is the second rarest coin in the series (after the 100 Fils 1955) and is very difficult to obtain in high grades, this is the highest graded by NGC for this type.
View Coin 50 Fils, 1933//1352, Faisal I IRAQ 50F AH1352//1933 BSEISO COLLECTION NGC AU 58 800,000 minted. Weight: 9.00 g. Metal: Silver. Diameter: 26.5 mm. KM-100. At least MS 62 in my opinion and will be sent for a re-evaluation.
View Coin 1 Fils, 1936//1355, Ghazi IRAQ FILS AH1355//1936 BSEISO COLLECTION NGC MS 65 BN 3,000,000 minted. Weight: 2.50 g. Metal: Bronze. Diameter: 19.5 mm. KM-102.
View Coin 10 Fils, 1937//1356, Ghazi IRAQ 10F AH1356//1937 BSEISO COLLECTION NGC MS 63 400,000 minted. Weight: 6.75 g. Metal: Nickel. Diameter: 25.0 mm. KM-103.
View Coin 50 Fils, 1937//1356, Ghazi IRAQ 50F AH1356//1937 NGC MS 63 1,200,000 minted. Weight: 9.00 g. Metal: Silver. Diameter: 26.50 mm. KM-104. Scarcer than the 1938 issues.
View Coin 1 Fils, 1938//1357, Ghazi IRAQ FILS AH1357//1938 NGC MS 65 RB 36,000,000 minted. Weight: 2.50 g. Metal: Bronze. Diameter: 19.5 mm. KM-102.
View Coin 1 Fils, 1938//1357 (I), Ghazi IRAQ FILS AH1357/1938I BSEISO COLLECTION NGC MS 63 RB 3,000,000 minted. Weight: 2.50 g. Metal: Bronze. Diameter: 19.5 mm. KM-102. Made at the Bombay Mint and is much scarcer than its Royal Mint counterpart. The "I" (India) mintmark can be seen under the pointed lower edge of the bust of King Ghazi.
View Coin 4 Fils, 1938//1357, nickel, Ghazi IRAQ 4F AH1357//1938 NICKEL NGC AU 58 1,000,000 minted. Weight: 4.00 g. Metal: Nickel. Diameter: 21.0 mm. KM-105.
View Coin 4 Fils, 1938//1357, copper-nickel, Ghazi IRAQ 4F AH1357/1938I COPPER-NICKEL BSEISO COLLECTION NGC MS UNC 2,750,000 minted. Weight: 4.00 g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 21.0 mm. KM-105a.
View Coin 4 Fils, 1938//1357, bronze, Ghazi IRAQ 4F AH1357//1938 BRONZE NGC MS 63 RB 8,000,000 minted. Weight: 4.00 g. Metal: Bronze. Diameter: 21.0 mm. KM-105b.
View Coin 4 Fils, 1938//1357 (I), copper-nickel, Ghazi IRAQ 4F AH1357/1938I BSEISO COLLECTION NGC MS 62
View Coin 10 Fils, 1938//1357, nickel, Ghazi IRAQ 10F AH1357//1938 NICKEL BSEISO COLLECTION NGC MS 61 600,000 minted. Weight: 6.75 g. Metal: Nickel. Diameter: 25.0 mm. KM-103.
View Coin 10 Fils, 1938//1357, copper-nickel, Ghazi IRAQ 10F AH1357//1938 COPPER-NICKEL BSEISO COLLECTION NGC MS 63 1,100,000 minted. Weight: 6.75 g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 25.0 mm. KM-103a.
View Coin 10 Fils, 1938//1357, bronze, Ghazi IRAQ 10F AH1357//1938 BRONZE BSEISO COLLECTION NGC MS 65 RD 8,250,000 minted. Weight: 6.75 g. Metal: Bronze. Diameter: 25.0 mm. KM-103b.
View Coin 10 Fils, 1938//1357 (I), copper-nickel, Ghazi IRAQ 10F AH1357/1938I NGC MS 61 1,500,000 minted. Weight: 6.75 g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 25.0 mm. KM-103a. Made at the Bombay Mint. The "I" (India) mintmark can be seen under the pointed lower edge of the bust of King Ghazi.
View Coin 20 Fils, 1938//1357, Ghazi IRAQ 20F AH1357//1938 BSEISO COLLECTION NGC MS 62 1,200,000 minted. Weight: 3.60 g. Metal: Silver. Diameter: 20.50 mm. KM-106.
View Coin 20 Fils, 1938//1357 (I), Ghazi IRAQ 20F AH1357/1938I NGC MS 62 1,350,000 minted. Weight: 3.60 g. Metal: Silver. Diameter: 20.50 mm. KM-106. Made at the Bombay Mint. The "I" (India) mintmark can be seen under the pointed lower edge of the bust of King Ghazi.
View Coin 50 Fils, 1938//1357, Ghazi IRAQ 50F AH1357//1938 NGC MS 65 5,300,000 minted. Weight: 9.00 g. Metal: Silver. Diameter: 26.50 mm. KM-104.
View Coin 50 Fils, 1938//AH1357 (I), Ghazi IRAQ 50F AH1357/1938I BSEISO COLLECTION NGC MS 62 7,500,000 minted. Weight: 9.00 g. Metal: Silver. Diameter: 26.50 mm. KM-104. Made at the Bombay Mint. The "I" (India) mintmark can be seen under the pointed lower edge of the bust of King Ghazi.
View Coin 4 Fils, 1939//1358, Ghazi IRAQ 4F AH1358//1939 NGC MS 62 1,000,000 minted. Weight: 4.00 g. Metal: Nickel. Diameter: 21.0 mm. KM-105.
View Coin 4 Fils, 1943//1362 (I), Faisal II IRAQ 4F AH1362/1943I NGC MS 64 RB 1,500,000 minted. Weight: 4.00 g. Metal: Bronze. Diameter: 21.0 mm. KM-107. Made at the Bombay Mint. The "I" (India) mintmark can be seen under the pointed lower edge of the bust of King Ghazi. This is a highly sought-after one year type coin featuring Faisal II as a child during the regency period, popular in all grades and very difficult in mint state.
View Coin 10 Fils, 1943//1362 (I), Faisal II IRAQ 10F AH1362/1943I BSEISO COLLECTION NGC MS 63 BN 1,500,000 minted. Weight: 6.75 g. Metal: Bronze. Diameter: 25.0 mm. KM-108. Made at the Bombay Mint. The "I" (India) mintmark can be seen under the pointed lower edge of the bust of King Ghazi. This is a highly sought-after one year type coin featuring Faisal II as a child during the regency period, popular in all grades and very difficult in mint state.
View Coin 1 Fils, 1953//1372, Faisal II IRAQ FILS AH1372//1953 NGC MS 65 RB 41,000,000 minted. Weight: 2.50 g. Metal: Bronze. Diameter: 19.5 mm. KM-109.
View Coin 2 Fils, 1953//1372, Faisal II IRAQ 2F AH1372//1953 NGC MS 65 RB 500,000 minted. Weight: 5.00 g. Metal: Bronze. Diameter: 24.0 mm. KM-110.
View Coin 4 Fils, 1953//1372, Faisal II IRAQ 4F AH1372//1953 BSEISO COLLECTION NGC MS 65 20,750,000 minted. Weight: 4.00 g. Metal: Bronze. Diameter: 21.0 mm. KM-111.
View Coin 10 Fils, 1953//1372, Faisal II IRAQ 10F AH1372//1953 BSEISO COLLECTION NGC MS 65 11,400,000 minted. Weight: 6.75 g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 25.0 mm. KM-112.
View Coin 20 Fils, 1953//1372, Faisal II IRAQ 20F AH1372//1953 BSEISO COLLECTION NGC MS 63 250,000 minted. Weight: 3.60 g. Metal: Silver. Diameter: 20.5 mm. KM-113. Semi-key date in the series and tough in high grade.
View Coin 50 Fils, 1953//1372, Faisal II IRAQ 50F AH1372//1953 PCGS MS 65 560,000 minted. Weight: 9.00 g. Metal: Silver. Diameter: 26.5 mm. KM-114. Semi-key date, tougher than the 100 Fils of the same date, and extremely difficult to find in anything better than VF. This piece is the finest graded by NGC and PCGS combined.
View Coin 100 Fils, 1953//1372, Faisal II IRAQ 100F AH1372//1953 NGC MS 65 1,200,000 minted. Weight: 10.00 g. Metal: Silver. Diameter: 29.0 mm. KM-115. Semi-key date and a stunning example for this highly-sought after type.
View Coin 20 Fils, 1955//1375, Faisal II IRAQ 20F AH1375//1955 NGC MS 65 4,000,000 minted. Weight: 2.80 g. Metal: Silver. Diameter: 19.0 mm. KM-116. A very nice example and under-graded in my opinion.
View Coin 50 Fils, 1955//1375, Faisal II IRAQ 50F AH1375//1955 NGC MS 66 12,000,000 minted. Weight: 7.00 g. Metal: Silver. Diameter: 26.0 mm. KM-117.
View Coin 100 Fils, 1955//1375, Faisal II IRAQ 100F AH1375//1955 NGC AU Details 1,000,000 minted (of which only approximately 50 exist in private hands, since the coin was never released for circulation). Weight: 10.00 g. Metal: Silver. Diameter: 29.0 mm. KM-118. This is the key coin to the Iraq Kingdom circulating coin series and is incredibly difficult to find in any condition.

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