Mazuna: coin of French protectorate in Morocco (1912-1922); 1/500 rial


10 mazuna (موزونات), 1922: French protectorate in Morocco

10 mazuna (موزونات), 1922: French protectorate in Morocco

Ruler: Yusef ben Hassan — Sultan of Morocco, who ruled the French Protectorate in Morocco during 1912-1927.

Date on coin: AH 1340 (AH: Latin "Anno Hegirae" — "the year of the Hijra"; Islamic calendar) = 1922 (Gregorian calendar).

Five-pointed star from the coat of arms of Morocco (King Solomon's seal — a symbol of wisdom).

10 موزونات: ten (10) mazunas.

Stylized six-pointed star, consisting of two three-pointed stars.

ضرب في باريس: minted in Paris (France).

Mintage: 1.005.270.

Without mint marks.

  • Bronze: 30 mm - 9.68 g
  • Reference price: 11$

COIN MAZUNA — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. KINGDOM OF MOROCCO + FRENCH PROTECTORATE IN MOROCCO (17th-20th centuries): mazuna = 1/50 dirham = 1/500 rial
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Algeria also issued coins, which some numismatic sources call mazuna (or rather, the denomination is double — mazuna and budju): 1/8 budju (3 mazuna), 1/4 budju (6 mazuna)... I tend to think that it is, after all, not mazuna, but budju.
The name of the coin mazuna (also spelled "mouzouna") is written in Arabic as موزونات, which literally translates as "weights". What is the history of the origin of the name, unfortunately, could not be found.