This week our blog-ette is on a wonderful note from Algeria. Algeria is a North African country bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Algeria is the largest country on the continent of Africa, and a large portion of it is the Sahara Desert. It boasts seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Additionally, Algeria is home to the critically endangered Saharan Cheetah with only about 250 left in the wild.
The note we are looking at this week is 200 Dinars p138. This brown and tan note has Arabic text. The Front of the note shows ten students sitting around their teacher while studying the Koran. The back of the note shows seven concentric circles which symbolize the levels of heaven, Djamaa el-Djazair (mosque), figs, and olives. The watermark is a barbary horse head pattern.
In Islam, there is the belief that there are seven levels to heaven or seven heavens. In each of the heavens there are Islamic prophets. Each level represents a good deed and is guarded by angels. The highest level being closest to God. This belief is not just seen is Islam, but also is Judaism and Hinduism.
On the back of the note is an image of a large mosque. Djamaa el-Djazair has the tallest minaret in the world and is the third largest mosque in the world. The Djamaa el-Djazair is also known as the Great Mosque of Algiers. Construction of the mosque began in 2012 and wasn’t completed until 2019. It is estimated to have cost two billion US Dollars to build. The mosque takes up 50 acres, has 37 floors, and can hold up to 37,000 worshippers in its prayer hall (120,000 people in the whole compound)*.
The 200 Dinars note shows the Great Mosque of Algiers, students studying the Koran, and a circular symbol representing the levels of heaven. This note is our current featured note and will be offered at a discounted price for a limited time.
Denomination: 200 Dinars
Pick #: 138
Year: 1996 (1992)
Coloration: Light Brown/Brown
Depictions: Koranic School class; Mosque
Note Size: 5 1/2″ x 2 3/4 “
Watermark: Horses Head
*The largest mosque is in Mecca and can hold up to 4 million.