What We Should Know About Dinar and Dirham Coins

Hi, assalamu alaikum.

These days I've been following a new group in facebook with a topic that is new to me: dinar and dirham coins!

I accidentaly found several groups that discussing about dinar and dirham coins.

I've heard a lot about owning and using of dinar and dirham before. But what I knew about them was wrong.

I once thought that dinar and dirham coins are only for savings.

I also thought that dinar which made of gold performs in nearly 24 carats of gold bar (gold bullion).

I was definitely wrong.

By following the discussions within the groups I finally understood that a dinar coin is a coin of gold, not a bar of gold.

In Islam dinar and dirham are recommended to use for daily trading. It means muslims buy things with dinar and dirham coins.

Don't get confused with dinar as a currency. No, no. Dinar here is not that Dinar of a specific country's currency.

Dinar is a coin of gold made of 22 carats of gold and weighs 4.25 grams.

"Seven coins of dinar equal to 10 coins of dirham," according to Umar ibn Khattab, the second khalifah in Islam.

What about dirham? Dirham is a coin of 99.9% silver weighs 2.975 grams.

Dinar-dirham
Dirham coin. Pic source: Toko Zero Waste


Umar ibn Khattab himself was the first khalifah who minted the dirham coins in 18 Hijriyah.

I first thought that dinar and dirham coins come in several nominals. I was wrong again.

Each coin represents 1. That's why on every coin there is a mark of 1 indicates the value of the coin is 1.

If you want to buy something with dirham, for example 12 dirhams, then you have to bring 12 coins of dirham to the seller.

So, the value depends on the material not on the numbers written on its side.

In Indonesia now there are some dinar and dirham minters. Kasultanan Cirebon is one of them.

At one side of the coin there is a writing says 'Kasultanan Kasepuhan Cirebon'.

For more information about dinar and dirham please visit wakalaindukbintan.com.

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