Ra's Bab al-Mandab
|Type||Standard circulation coin|
|Value||1 Riyal (1)|
|Currency||Riyal (countermarked coinage, c. 1880-1890)|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
Right facing portrait of Empress Maria Theresia of habsburg surrounded by the legend "Maria Theresia, Dei Gratia, Romanorum Imperatrix, Hungariae Bohemiaeque Regina".
Shaykh Sa'id fi Ra's al-Mandab, in a circular indent counterstamp
الشيخ سعيد في راس باب المندب
Maria-Theresia, by the Grace of God, Roman Empress, Queen of Hungary and Bohemia
Cheikh Saïd in Ra's Bab al-Mandab
Imperial double-headed eagle with the arms of Austria at the centre, surrounded by four quarters representing Hungary, Bohemia, Burgundy and Burgau (Günzburg). Legend around "Archidux Austriae, Dux Burgundiae, Comes Tyrolis".
Lettering: ARCHID·AVST·DUX· BURG·CO·TYR·1780·X
Translation: Archduchess of Austria, duchess of Burgundy, comtess of Tyrol
Lettering: IUSTITIA ET CLEMENTIA
Mitch#1492, Gadoury#19, Hafner#114
Host Coin: Austria - Habsburg - 1 Thaler (KM#T1)
Host Date: 1780
In 1868, a French company purchased the port of Sheikh Sa'eed and approximately 400,000 acres of surrounding land from the local tribe. In 1869, the purchase was annulled as the purchase price was only partially paid. At the end of the 19th century, the port was described as French, British, or Turkish territory, depending on the map consulted. The fort of Shaykh Sa'id was located on the border between Ottoman Yemen and the British Aden Protectorate at the mouth of the Red Sea. Considered a spurious issue, but with only about 10 known on this host.
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|1780 X||Countermarked circa. 1880-1890|
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