This week we are featuring a banknote from Morocco. Morocco is officially known as the Kingdom of Morocco, and is located in North Africa. It borders both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Morocco is a Muslim country with strong traditions and values coming from Arabic, European and African cultures. A fun fact about Morocco is that it has a valley filled with Roses. This valley is known as El-Kelaa M’Gouna, or as it is more affectionally known the Valley of the Roses.
Our featured banknote is Morocco 25 Dirhams p73a BNB 514a 2012. This is a multicolored polymer note with Arabic and French text. On the front are images of King Mohammed VI, the Bank of Al-Maghrib, and the Dar As-Sikkah building. The back of the note shows coins, notes, and passports. In the security window is a demetallized 25 and the Seal of Solomon. The watermark for this banknote is King Mohammed VI.
King Mohammed VI ascended to the throne in July 1999 after the death of his father. Upon his ascension, King Mohammed VI introduced several reforms to tackle poverty and corruption, as well as to give women more rights. In 2011, there was a pro-democracy protest against corruption in the government. This prompted King Mohammed VI to make several more reforms including one that stated the king is no longer sacred or holy, and another that gave more power to the Prime Minister. Though, King Mohammed VI still maintained final authority over the government, religion, and security. King Mohammed VI is the current King of Morocco, and according to Forbes is the richest king in Africa.
The Seal of Solomon is also known as the Ring of Solomon. The seal is believed to have belonged to King Solomon of Israel. It originally held importance in the Jewish faith and later became important in both the Islamic faith and in Western cults. The Seal of Solomon is said to have granted King Solomon the power to control animals, spirits, and demons. Additionally, the seal is believed to protect, and ward off evil. It is usually depicted as a pentagram within a circle; however, the true engraving on King Solomon’s ring is unknown.
This banknote is our current featured note and will be offered at a discounted price for a limited time. The current price for this note is $14.00, but it is subject to change. To see more about this note or other notes like it, head to our website.
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Denomination: 25 Dirham
Pick #: 73a
Banknote Book #: 514a
Other Info: Commemorative Polymer
Depictions: Mohammed VI; 25th Anniversary of of Da As Sikkah
Note Size: 5″ x 2 1/2″
Watermark: Polymer Window