Saudi Arabian 1934 Pattern Proof... any info?

Here's a neat one that I can't find much information on. It's similar to a platinum proof dinar pattern that Goldberg sold at some point, but it's much smaller (4.91g vs. 20.7g) and has a reeded, not plain edge. It is 22mm in diamter. I can't tell if it's platinum (like the Goldberg coin) or silver. Might you have any information on it?


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  • It's an "Arabia" X1 Dinar issue (Unusual World Coins), the Goldberg one is the larger X2e type.
    I would guess its the silver issue due the toning around the coin rim and, like the Goldberg example, maybe all the platinum and gold strikes were already issued with that little stamp near the reverse bottom.

    Jose
  • WillieBoyd2WillieBoyd2 Posts: 3,724 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 15, 2019 3:33PM
    The coin is a fantasy Arabian 1 Dinar coin.
    The date is AH 1352 (AD 1933).

    Made at the Vienna Mint in 1965 by Bernard O'Hea.
    They were made in a variety of metals, including silver.
    Not much is known about these "coins" but they do turn up from time to time.

    I have one:

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    Diameter 23mm, metal appears to be aluminum-bronze or brass.

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  • 7Jaguars7Jaguars Posts: 4,990 ✭✭✭✭
    Can't add much but agree with the toning comment re: coin being silver. Also, platinum is very heavy (dense) for its size compared to silver and usually a bit duller in appearance without toning.
    Love that Milled British (1830-1960)
    Well, just Love coins, period.
  • airplanenutairplanenut Posts: 18,925 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I do agree that the piece appears to be silver. I did flip it carefully and it has the ring of silver.
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  • WillieBoyd2WillieBoyd2 Posts: 3,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The Newman Numismatic Portal has some information on Bernard O'Hea under various names.

    https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/searchwithterms?searchterm=o'hea

    Coin World 04/16/1986 (pg. 14)
    Ex dealer Barney O'Hea dies
    Barney O'Hea one of the most colorful figures in the world coin picture died March 15 reportedly of a heart attack in San Francisco. Mr O'Hea operated a firm known as Mint Roll Headquarters during the 1950s and later moved his business to Liechtenstein from which he did business as Nummorum Trust based in Vaduz He quickly won recognition as an innovator in his dealings with for (rest of article not available)

    :)

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