Halala: coin from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (1963-...); 1/100 riyal


5 halala, 1972: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

5 halala, 1972: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Date on coin: AH 1392 (AH: Latin "Anno Hegirae" — "the year of the Hijra"; Islamic calendar) = 1972 (Gregorian calendar).

خمس هللات قرش واحد - 5 - ٥ - ١٣٩٢ه: five halala / one qirsh - 5 / 5 (Arabic and Eastern Arabic numerals) - 1392 AH /5 halala = 1 qirsh/.

فيصل بن عبد - العزيز آل سعود ملك المملكة العربية السعودية: Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during 1964-1975.

Coat of arms of Saudi Arabia: palm tree (the main tree of the state) and two swords (represent the Kingdom of Hejaz and the Sultanate of Najd, which were united under Ibn Saud in 1926).

Interestingly, Saudi Arabia does not issue coins with a face value of 1 riyal (the main currency). Instead, 100 halal coins equivalent in value are regularly minted.

Mintage: 70.000.000.

Lahore mint (Pakistan).

  • Copper-nickel: 19.5 mm - 2.5 g
  • Reference price: 0.7$

COIN HALALA — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA (1963-...): halala = 1/5 qirsh = 1/100 riyal

The origin of the name of the halala coin (هللة) is not known for sure. However, there is a version according to which the term comes from the word "هلء" — to shine.
Interestingly, on the coin of 2016, the denomination is clearly indicated in both Arabic and English — in "halala" format. At the same time, many numismatic sources refer to this denomination in English as halalah.