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½ Dinar FAO

½ Dinar (FAO) -  obverse½ Dinar (FAO) -  reverse

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Features

Country Tunisia
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Years 1976-1983
Value 1/2 Dinar (0.5 TND)
Currency Dinar (1958-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 7.75 g
Diameter 23.5 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
References KM# 303,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Schön# 242
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Commemorative issue

FAO

Obverse

Head left, date below

Lettering:
الحبيب بورقيبة
1976
رئيس الجمهورية التونسية

Translation:
Habib Bourguiba
1976
President of the Tunisian Republic

Reverse

Two hands with three fruit and a wheat sprig, value below

Lettering:
البنك المركزي التونسي
ELMEKKI
نصف 1/2 دينار

Translation:
Central Bank of Tunisia
EL MEKKI
Half ½ Dinar

Engraver: Hatem El Mekki

Hatem El Mekki, born May 16, 1918 in Jakarta and died September 23, 2003 in Carthage, is a Tunisian painter. He is considered one of the greatest painters of Tunisia and is especially associated with the drawing of Tunisian coins and banknotes as well as postage stamps which he draws 454 models from 1957 to 1995.

Edge

Smooth

Comments



There are 2 different variants for each year.
1976. Obverse:
1 - there are almost no lines in hairstyle
2 - deep lines in hairstyle
It is easy to see the difference in the shape of 2 dots under and above the last letter of the bottom word: the lower are small under the line and are large above the line for die 1 and vise versa for die 2.
Reverse:
A - all details thick, small signature
B - all details thinner, large signature.
It is easy to see the difference in the shape of 2 dots on the fragment of the top legend: the vertical and horizontal are large and near each other for die A and vise versa for die B.
Combinations 1+A and 2+B.

Note. Die A was used to struck coins dated 1988, 1990 and AH1416-1996.

1983. Obverse:
1- all details thick, there are almost no lines in hairstyle
2 - all details thin, deep lines in hairstyle
It is easy to see the difference in the shape of numerals.
Reverse:
C - all details thin
D - all details very thin
It is easy to see the difference in the shape of letters and dots of the right word in the bottom.
Combinations 1+C and 2+D.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1976  0.62 0.62 0.93 14% large signature (Variety 2+B)
1976  700,000 0.27 0.56 0.51 0.51 64% small signature (Variety 1+A)
1983  400,000 0.79 0.90 0.99 47% Variety 1+C
1983  0.83 6% Variety 2+D

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