Saudi Arabia Coinage: 1935-1950
under King: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud
 
Currency: Riyal = 20 qirshes (piastres); Guinea = 40 Riyals
 
AH1354 (1935)
 

KM#16 Riyal. Year: AH1354 (1935). Weight: 2.89g [2.916g]. Metal: 0.917 Silver. Diameter: 19.50 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Birmingham. Obverse: "Struck in Makkah Mukkarama" written within beaded circle with date, Quarter Riyal of Saudi Arabia (above), value below within design flanked by palm trees. Reverse: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (top), inscription within beaded circle, legend above, crossed swords below within design flanked by palm trees. Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman Al-Saud (centre circle). Mintage: 100,000 (1936) and 800,000 (1937) + N/A Proofs. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

KM#17 Riyal. Year: AH1354 (1935). Weight: 5.80g [5.85g]. Metal: 0.917 Silver. Diameter: 24.50 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Birmingham. Obverse: "Struck in Makkah Mukkarama" written within beaded circle with date, Half Riyal of Saudi Arabia (above), value below within design flanked by palm trees. Reverse: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (top), inscription within beaded circle, legend above, crossed swords below within design flanked by palm trees. Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman Al-Saud (centre circle). Mintage: 950,000 + N/A Proofs. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

KM#18 Riyal. Year: AH1354 (1935). Weight: 11.56g [11.66g]. Metal: 0.917 Silver. Diameter: 30.00 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Birmingham. Obverse: "Struck in Makkah Mukkarama" written within beaded circle with date, One Riyal of Saudi Arabia (above), value below within design flanked by palm trees. Reverse: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (top), inscription within beaded circle, legend above, crossed swords below within design flanked by palm trees. Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman Al-Saud (centre circle). Mintage: 60,000,000 + 20,000,000 Proofs. Minted Years: AH1354, 1367 and 1370. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.
 
AH1356 (1937)
 

KM#19.1 Ghirsh (piastre). Year: AH1356 (1937). Weight: 4.17g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 20.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: N/A. Obverse: value in written with date. Reverse: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (top) Abdul Aziz Al-Saud (bottom). Mintage: 1,000,000. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

KM#20.1 Ghirsh (piastre). Year: AH1356 (1937). Weight: 5.09g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 23.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: N/A. Obverse: value in written with date. Reverse: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (top) Abdul Aziz Al-Saud (bottom). Mintage: 1,000,000. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

KM#21.1 1 Ghirsh (piastre). Year: AH1356 (1937). Weight: 6.42g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 26.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: N/A. Obverse: value in written with date. Reverse: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (top) Abdul Aziz Al-Saud (bottom). Mintage: 4,000,000. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.
 
AH1365 (1946) - Countermarked Coinage
 
70 = 65 Countermark: The following pieces are countermarked examples of earlier types bearing the Arabic numerals 65. They were countermarked in a move to break money changers' monopoly on small coins in AH1365 (1946). These countermarks vary in size and are found with the Arabic numbers raised in a circle. Incuse countermarks are considered a recent fabrication.
 

KM#22 Ghirsh (piastre). Year: AH(13)65 (1946). Weight: 4.09g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 20.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mintage: N/A. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

Obverse: "65" countermark on KM#4. Doubtful.

KM#23 Ghirsh (piastre). Year: AH(13)65 (1946). Weight: 4.04g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 20.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mintage: N/A. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

Obverse: "65" countermark on KM#7. Doubtful.

KM#24 Ghirsh (piastre). Year: AH(13)65 (1946). Weight: 4.06g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 20.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mintage: N/A. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

Obverse: "65" countermark on KM#13. Doubtful.

KM#25 Ghirsh (piastre). Year: AH(13)65 (1946). Weight: 4.10g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 20.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mintage: N/A. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

Obverse: "65" countermark on KM#19.1.

KM#26 Ghirsh (piastre). Year: AH(13)65 (1946). Weight: 4.76g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 23.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: N/A. Mintage: N/A. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

Obverse: "65" countermark on KM#5.

Same as above, an another sample. Weight: 5.06g.

KM#27 Ghirsh (piastre). Year: AH(13)65 (1946). Weight: 5.11g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 23.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: N/A. Mintage: N/A. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

Obverse: "65" countermark on KM#8. The reverse side is very dim that the scanner was unable to display the details.

KM#28 Ghirsh (piastre). Year: AH(13)65 (1946). Weight: 4.94g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 23.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: N/A. Mintage: N/A. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

Obverse: "65" countermark on KM#14.

KM#29 Ghirsh (piastre). Year: AH(13)65 (1946). Weight: 5.10g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 23.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: N/A. Mintage: N/A. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

Obverse: "65" countermark on KM#20.1.

Same as above, an another sample. Weight: 4.96g.

KM#30 1 Ghirsh (piastre). Year: AH(13)65 (1926). Weight: 6.19g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 26.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: N/A. Mintage: N/A. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

Obverse: "65" countermark on KM#6.

KM#31 1 Ghirsh (piastre). Year: AH(13)65 (1926). Weight: 6.31g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 26.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: N/A. Mintage: N/A. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

Obverse: "65" countermark on KM#9.

Same as above, an another sample. Weight: 6.21g.

KM#32 1 Ghirsh (piastre). Year: AH(13)65 (1926). Weight: 6.12g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 26.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: N/A. Mintage: N/A. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

Obverse: "65" countermark on KM#15.

KM#32 1 Ghirsh (piastre). Year: AH(13)65 (1926). Weight: 6.27g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 26.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: N/A. Mintage: N/A. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

Obverse: "65" countermark on KM#21.1.

 
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AH1356 [1937, but minted in 1947 (AH1366-1367) with Reeded edge]
 

KM#19.2 Ghirsh (piastre). Year: AH1356 (minted in 1947). Weight: 4.30g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 20.50 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Philadelphia. Obverse: value in written with date. Reverse: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (top) Abdul Aziz Al-Saud (bottom). Mintage: 21,500,000. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

KM#20.2 Ghirsh (piastre). Year: AH1356 (minted in 1947). Weight: 5.62g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 23.50 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Philadelphia. Obverse: value in written with date. Reverse: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (top) Abdul Aziz Al-Saud (bottom). Mintage: 10,850,000. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

KM#21.2 1 Ghirsh (piastre). Year: AH1356 (minted in 1947). Weight: 6.54g. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 26.25 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Philadelphia. Obverse: value in written with date. Reverse: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (top) Abdul Aziz Al-Saud (bottom). Mintage: 7,150,000. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.
 
AH1367 (1947)
 
KM#18 Riyal. Year: AH1367 (1947). Weight: 11.60g [11.66g]. Metal: 0.917 Silver. Diameter: 30 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Birmingham. Obverse: "Struck in Makkah Mukkarama" written within beaded circle with date, One Riyal of Saudi Arabia (above), value below within design flanked by palm trees. Reverse: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (top), inscription within beaded circle, legend above, crossed swords below within design flanked by palm trees. Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman Al-Saud (centre circle). Mintage: N/A (included in AH1354 mintage). Minted Years: AH1354, 1367 and 1370. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.
 
AH1370 (1950)
 
KM#18 Riyal. Year: AH1370 (1950). Weight: 11.65g [11.66g]. Metal: 0.917 Silver. Diameter: 30 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Birmingham. Obverse: "Struck in Makkah Mukkarama" written within beaded circle with date, One Riyal of Saudi Arabia (above), value below within design flanked by palm trees. Reverse: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (top), inscription within beaded circle, legend above, crossed swords below within design flanked by palm trees. Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman Al-Saud (centre circle). Mintage: N/A. Minted Years: AH1354, 1367 and 1370. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

KM#36 Guinea (40 Riyals). Year: AH1370 (1950). Weight: 7.98g [7.9881g]. Metal: 0.917 Gold. Diameter: 22.00 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Medal. Mint: N/A. Obverse: "Struck in Makkah Mukkarama" written within beaded circle with date, One Guinea of Saudi Arabia (above), value below within design flanked by palm trees. Reverse: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (top), inscription within beaded circle, legend above, crossed swords below within design flanked by palm trees. Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman Al-Saud (centre circle). Mintage: 2,000,000. Minted Years: One year type. Ruler: Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Saud.

Note: This first Saudi gold coin with the name of King Abdul Aziz was issued actually on 03/02/1372H (22/10/1952). Patterns are also produced for the coin as mentioned below:

  • Pn5 AH1370 Guinea. Bronze. KM#36, reeded edge, with Paris privy marks.
  • Pn6 AH1370 Guinea. Gold. KM#36, reeded edge, with Paris privy marks, Rare.
 
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