Khumsi: coin from Kathiri State of Seiyun in Hadhramaut (1842-1898)

KHUMSI: COIN OF KATHIRI SULTANATE

12 khumsi /khumsiyyah/, 1898: Kathiri State of Seiyun in Hadhramaut

12 khumsi /khumsiyyah/, 1898: Kathiri State of Seiyun in Hadhramaut

Kathiri State of Seiyun in Hadhramaut (Kathiri Sultanate) — sultanate in the Hadhramaut region of the southern Arabian Peninsula (nowadays: part of Yemen and Oman).

Ruler: Sultan al-Mansur ibn Ghalib al-Kathir.

١٢ — 12.

Date on coin: ۱٣۱٥ (1315).

AH 1315 (AH: Latin "Anno Hegirae" — "the year of the Hijra"; Islamic calendar) = 1898 (Gregorian calendar).

٩١٠ ضرب - ۱٣۱٥ - سنه: struck in the year 1315 — 910 (the silver fineness).

Heaton Mint (mint of Birmingham, Great Britain) — symbol "H".

  • Silver (0.910): 18 mm - 1.55 g
  • Reference price: 17$

COIN KHUMSI — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. KATHIRI SULTANATE (1842-1898): khumsi = 1/128 riyal (Yemenite state)
  2. QU'AITI SULTANATE (1926): khumsi = 1/120 riyal (Yemenite state)

The name "khumsi" is consonant with the name of a small Moorish coin — "khoums". Mauritanian khoums, in turn, is denoted by Arabic symbols, which translate as "one-fifth". However, based on the value of Yemenite khumsi relative to the main currency — the riyal, we can assume that the etymology of the name of this coin is different from the case with the coin of Mauritania. But no reliable data could be found.