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Shahada One Eightieth Riyal Yemen Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Islamic Oath) (No God But Allah)

Shahada One Eightieth Riyal Yemen Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Islamic Oath) (No God But Allah)

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Shahada One Eightieth Riyal Yemen Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Islamic Oath) (No God But Allah)

Reverse: Shahada [The Islamic profession of faith]. Above this: "Minted in Sana'a" [Capital of Yemen]. Below the Shahada, is the date of mintage [in the AH date system], and the coin's denomination.

Reverse lettering:
ضرب بصنعا
لا اله الا
ثمن عشر

Reverse translation:
Minted in Sana'a
There is no god but
One eighth of a tenth

Obverse: Crescent, below the number "1367", which is the accession date [AH system] of King Ahmad bin Yahya

All obverse lettering:
أحمد حميد الدين
أمير المؤمنين الناصر لدين الله رب العالمين

Obverse translation:
His Victory
Ahmad bin Yahya
Commander of the Faithful, the Supporter of the Religion of God, Lord of the Worlds

Issuer North Yemen
King Ahmad bin Yahya (1948-1962)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1275-1382 (1949-1963)
Calendar Islamic (Hijri)
Value 1/80 Riyal (1/80)
Currency Rial (1918-1974)
Composition Bronze
Weight 3.3 g
Diameter 21 mm
Thickness 1.22 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 942
References Y# 11.1

The Shahada (Arabic: ٱلشَّهَادَةُ aš-šahādah, "the testimony"), also spelled Shahadah, is an Islamic oath, one of the Five Pillars of Islam and part of the Adhan. It reads: "I bear witness that there is no deity but God, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God."

The Shahada declares belief in the oneness (tawhid) of God (Allah) and the acceptance of Muhammad as God's messenger. Some Shias also include a statement of belief in the wilayat of Ali. A single honest recitation of the Shahada in Arabic is all that is required for a person to become a Muslim according to most traditional schools.


Ahmad bin Yahya Hamidaddin (Arabic: أحمد بن يحيى حميد الدين; June 18, 1891 – September 19, 1962) was the penultimate king of the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen, who reigned from 1948 to 1962. His full name and title was H.M. al-Nasir-li-Dinullah Ahmad bin al-Mutawakkil 'Alallah Yahya, Imam and Commander of the Faithful, and King of the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of the Yemen.

Ahmad's ruthless, arbitrary and inconsistent rule made him the subject of a coup attempt, frequent assassination attempts and eventually lead to the downfall of the kingdom shortly after his death. His enemies ranged from ambitious family members to forward-looking pan-Arabists and Republicans and from them he was given the name "Ahmad the devil." He remained surprisingly popular among his subjects, particularly the northern tribesmen from whom he had the name "Big Turban". For his remarkable ability to narrowly escape numerous assassination attempts, he was known as al-Djinn.

Like his father, Ahmad was profoundly conservative, but nevertheless forged alliances with the Soviet Union, Communist China and the Republic of Egypt, all of which provided economic and military aid to the kingdom. These alliances were largely driven by his desire to expel the British from southern Yemen and recover the territory of the Aden Protectorate as part of "Greater Yemen". In the end, he turned against Egypt and the Soviet Union, both of which after his death supported a republican coup against his son and successor.


Sanaa (Arabic: صَنْعَاء, Ṣanʿāʾ, also spelled Sanaʽa or Sana, is the largest city in Yemen and the centre of Sanaa Governorate. The city is not part of the Governorate, but forms the separate administrative district of "Amanat Al-Asemah". Under the Yemeni constitution, Sanaʽa is the capital of the country, although the seat of the Yemeni government moved to Aden, the former capital of South Yemen in the aftermath of the Houthi occupation. Aden was declared as the temporary capital by President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi in March 2015.

At an elevation of 2,300 metres (7,500 ft), Sanaa is one of the highest capital cities in the world and is next to the Sarawat Mountains of Jabal An-Nabi Shu'ayb and Jabal Tiyal, considered to be the highest mountains in the country and amongst the highest in the region. Sanaa has a population of approximately 3,937,500 (2012), making it Yemen's largest city. As of 2020, the greater Sanaa urban area makes up about 10% of Yemen's total population.

The Old City of Sanaa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has a distinctive architectural character, most notably expressed in its multi-storey buildings decorated with geometric patterns. In the conflict that raged in 2015, bombs hit UNESCO sites in the old city. The Al Saleh Mosque, the largest in Sana'a, is located in the Old City.

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Paul A. Davis

Nice coin from an interesting and little known period in the history of a relatively little-known country.