ISIS Plans For Coins Blocked
According to information released on October 7 by the official Anatolia news agency, six unidentified foreign nationals were arrested by the counter-terrorism unit of the Gaziantep Police Department. The six arrested were operating a makeshift mint in Sahinbey, a town south of the city of Gaziantep, Turkey.
The mint was already functional at the time of the police raid. Several sources indicated that 56 coins in different denominations were seized, as were 12 coinage dies and other minting equipment. No information was immediately available about if the coins were being struck by hand or with the use of coin presses.
The Anatolia news agency referred to the coin dies as "blocks." Photographs released by the police did not make it clear if the dies could fit into a press or not. Images of what was seized released by Turkish authorities included coins with Arab language writing appearing on one side and a map of the world on the other side.
The Gaziantep governor's office stated that the raid was based upon an anonymous tip. The terrorist organization has previously released propaganda video on which ISIS brags that the organization will issue its own coins to free the territory that it controls from a global economic system that is based upon satanic usury.
The realities are that if ISIS actually succeeds in minting and distributing its own gold and silver composition coins, consumers and merchants are more likely to hoard the coins rather than using them for commerce. Where fiat money reigns coins made of precious metals will be horded.
The value of gold and silver composition coins changes daily with fluctuations in the spot prices of these metals.
Since ISIS is not recognized as a government there is no official place to establish an exchange rate for their coins against other currencies. In November 2014, ISIS announced that it would issue seven coins, a gold dinar valued at $139, a gold 5 dinar valued at $694, three silver dirham denominations it valued between $1 and $9 each, and two copper composition minor denomination coins of a minimal value.
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