Years ago (maybe 15), my grandfather gave me this coin and I have no idea what it is or where it came from. Can anyone help? I'm pretty sure it came from the Middle East (he did a lot of work there for the US government way back when).Picture of a coin

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    Welcome! To me it looks more like an Indian coin and the search "Indian coin grain" brought up some similar designs. Then I tried the Google reverse image search and didn't find anything either. I'm not sure if it is Indian, but the writing looks Indian and I found several Indian coins that looked similar. How does the other side look like? Maybe that gives more clues. Jun 11, 2016 at 14:15
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    @MatthiasSchreiber The writing is not Indian, but Arabic, it's written "Al-Jomhoreeyah Al-'Eraqeeyah" (Iraq).
    – fikr4n
    Jun 11, 2016 at 23:28

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According to Jamila's Coins and Notes Collection blog, this is a modern iraqi coin from 1981. Here's a photo showing the front and back of that coin:

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I've found it on on Jamila's blog, with an overview of iraqi coins. There, it's described as follows:

IRAQ - 10 Fils (Year 1981) (AH 1401)

Description: Under President: Saddam Hussein (16 Jul 1979 - 09 Apr 2003)

Obverse: Plantation of Date Palms, Year of English era on left and Arabic Era on right.

Reverse: 10 Fulus (in arabic) above two leaves.

Composition: Steel. Edge: Plain.

See also the detailed description on numista.com, including a translation of the arabic text.

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    Wow that's awesome! That's the exact coin. I actually remembered earlier today that he gave me three coins total (so you'll probably see another coin post or two from me within the month). Thank you all so much for your help!
    – Kyle Roode
    Jun 12, 2016 at 17:21
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    "English era" is really a funny way to put it.
    – fdb
    Nov 10, 2017 at 19:25

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