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Moroccan mazuna or 3 falus

Don't take the date on this coin at face value


This Moroccan coin with Arabic numerals giving the date 1288 is deceptive. This is the date according to the Muslim calendar. It gives the number of years that have passed since the flight of Mohammed from Mecca in 622. To calculate the date of the coin according to the Christian calendar we have to subtract 3% of 1200 (36) and an extra three to cover the remaining 88 years of 1288 (3). So we take away 39 but add 622 (the date of Mohammed’s flight from Mecca). This gives the year 1871.