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24 Mar 2021

Nations of the World in Coins- 1/197- Afghanistan

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Well, here goes nothing. Another ambitious undertaking that looks like insanity, (Fifty States) but works out in the end.

Wheels up from Michigan as we will tour the US and the World at the same time. Insanity? Maybe. Fun? For whom? Absolute joy on Wednesdays? We'll see. In the meantime, to Afghanistan we go!

Many empires and kingdoms rose to power in Afghanistan, such as the (ahem) Greco-Bactrians, Indo-Scythians, Kushans, Kidarites, Mughals, and many, many more. The religion Zoroastrianism is believed by some to have originated in what is now Afghanistan between 1800 and 800 BC (not BCE, God is still ruler of us all). Alexander the Great and his Macedonian forces arrived here in 330 BC, after defeating Darius III of Persia a year earlier at Gaugamela. Following Alexander's death was the silk road, and the region was filled with traders, with routes to China, India, Persia, and north to Uzbekistan.

Moving forward now, Arab Muslims brought Islam to Herat and Zaranj in 642 BCE. In 1219, Genghis Khan and his Mongol Hordes overran the region, beginning a stretch of people taking over. By the early 19th Century, the Afghan empire was under threat from the Persians in the west, and the Sikh's in the east. After the death of Fateh Khan, his 21 brothers (21!) couped against themselves and split the nation into 21. During the chaos, the British from India got interested, and so did Russia, beginning "The Great Game", where colonial rulers proved they had the testosterone to take over. During that time, the British installed a puppet ruler, which would rule until independence in 1919. During the 1970's and 80's, there were scuffles with the Pakistani's and the Afghans, which resulted the Soviet Intervention, with then following a new Soviet-backed regime, and then WAR. After Nat Geo articles threw paint on the Soviets and 16 mujahideen fighters were killed for every dead Soviet (which the resistance cheered for as each Russian was brutally murdered. Wanna see this? Go to the news or watch when James Bond drops the C4 on the Russian Tank in The Living Daylights ) the Russians left, reeling from the economic overturn of the government. As a horribly cobbled coalition government between leaders of the mujahideen, the Taliban took over, starting another war. The United States soon entered, dropping the former jewel of the Middle East into the nation with the lowest Life Expectancy and a nation with hungry, war torn people who knew only Soviet officers or Guerilla Extremists.

Today the debate remains on the presences of US Troops in Afghanistan, with Biden being given an ultimatum by the Afghan government to leave the nation within weeks.

With all that is going on there, I don't think the people get a chance to touch the national currency, the Afghani. One dollar is about 77 Afghani, which replaced the Rupee in 1925. The coins are in 1, 2, and 5 Afs.

The one Afghani is a Nickel-Clad steel coin, reeded, with wheat on the obverse and a 1 in Arabic on the reverse. This was before the switch in 1961, whereas now the 1 Afghani is Copper, with a smooth edge, with the Kabul Green Mosque on all of the coins.

The 2 Afghani is Stainless Steel, with the coat of arms of the nations, with the denomination and the year.

And the 5 Afghani is a reeded brass coin. Again, all denominations are in Arabic, which is read from right to left.

Banknotes were in many denominations up to 10,000. In 2002, the government replaced the 1,2, and 5 with the coins, and scraped the 10,000 and 5,000 Afghani altogether. Every bill says something in Arabi, with the reverse showing the nation's landmarks.

Thank you, and we will continue our road trip and our world tour later!

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Awesome blog! Excited to see your blogs on the rest of the countries!


Level 6

Great blog! ; ) Lots of history going on for sure! Really enjoyed reading it and looking at your photos. Thanks for all the research! ; )

It's Mokie

Level 6

Great job and a very ambitious project indeed. Best of luck on your journey to Zaire.


Level 7

It's nice to read a good informative blog. My friend i say this once in a while I read it twice. Because of the history of a country I know little about. Great stuff . By the way The Eagles . Any Song I like them all


Level 6

Longstrider says it all


Level 5

Amazing country with a lot of history. To bad it's all but destroyed now. Nice coins and paper notes. Thanks


Level 5

Dang it, John got to it first!! Free Fallin' 100% correct. Gotta love the Petty (; As for the blog, thanks for another interesting read, and another ambitious series! Im am excited for the next one! I have been to Afghanistan a few times, and actually like it! It has its own unique charm in ways. I picked up some of the currency you spoke of as well.


Level 6

Now this is a blog. You give me hope for your generation, whatever it is. I didn't think schools taught history any longer. Very well done. I learned form you. Today is a good day.


Level 6

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Free Fallin'. Now I will read your blog.

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