The Central Bank of Kuwait on March 5 announced two new coins to mark
the 25th anniversary of the nation’s liberation following Operation
Coalition forces led by the United States defeated Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War, as it is often called, after about
six weeks of a military effort consisting mostly of air war.
A silver 5-dinar coin and a gold-plated silver 5-dinar coin mark the
Feb. 26 anniversary of liberation.
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The obverse of the coins includes the date of the anniversary in
both Arabic and English, the inscription “The Twenty-fifth Anniversary
of the Liberation of the State of Kuwait” in Arabic, circular
decorative assortments, the state’s official logo, a portrait of a
Kuwait soldier giving the military salute and an image of a tank.
The reverse carries similar inscriptions in English, the bank logo,
a portrait of a Kuwaiti boom (sailing boat), circular decorative
assortments, and the symbolic value of 5 dinars.
The coins measure 38.61 millimeters in diameter, but the bank has
not disclosed their weights or mintages.
The coins went on sale at the bank office on March 6, with the
silver coin costing 35 dinars (about $116 in U.S. funds) and the
gold-plated version available for 45 dinars (about $153 U.S.).
Coin World does not know of any distributor for Kuwaiti coins
in the United States, so collectors will have to search the secondary
market or contact the bank at its website.