The Gold Dinars and Silver Dirhams of the State of Kelantan
By Saran Singh AMN, AMP, PNM
updated 1st July , 2014. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Gold Dinars and Silver Dirhams are generally accepted in the Muslim World as the Islamic Monetary Units, i.e. Shahriah money. However, it is not the Legal Tender Currency in most of these muslim countries.
The State of Kelantan, Malaysia , issued undated 22 Karat (0.917 fineness) Gold coins bearing the denomination ¼ Dinar, ½ Dinar and 1 Dinar which were issued on 20th September 2006. These coins were struck by Mariwasa Kraftangan , Kuala Kangsar, Perak , and managed by Kelantan Gold Trade Sdn. Bhd.
In 2007, the State of Kelantan struck undated 22 Karat (.917 fineness) Gold 2 Dinars coins to commemorate the birthday of the Sultan of Kelantan. These coins were also struck by Mariwasa Kraftangan, Kuala Kangsar, Perak.
In 2010, the Government of the State of Kelantan authorized The World Islamic Mint Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to issue Gold Dinars and Silver Dirhams. The designs of these coins were changed from that of the earlier 2006 issues. All these coins were not dated. The denominations issued on 12th August, 2010 were as follows:
Silver (.999 fineness) 1 Dirham, 2 Dirhams, 5 Dirhams, 10 Dirhams and 20 Dirhams. (Year 2010)
Gold (.917 fineness - 22Karat) ½ Dinar, 1 Dinar, 2 Dinars, 5 Dinars and 8 Dinars. (Year 2010)
Obverse : Modern calligraphy of the Muslim ‘Shahadah’ and a full Qur’anic verse,
i.e. Verse Al-Mu’minum 23:52
Reverse : The Coat of Arms of the State of Kelantan. Government of Kelantan.
Edge : Milled
Mintage : ? pieces
The above Gold dinars and Silver Dirhams are not the legal tender currency of the State of Kelantan. The Ringgit Malaysia is the sole legal tender in all the states of Malaysia (including Kelantan).
On 25th August, 2011, the Government of the State of Kelantan decided to collect and distribute zakat (obligatory money alms) in Kelantanese Gold Dinars , Silver Dirhams as well as the usual Ringgit Malaysia currency. These coins can also be used as gifts or traded at authorized outlets in the State of Kelantan.
.999 Silver 1 Dirham Diameter : 22mm, Weight : 2.975 grammes, ASW 2.972g
.999 Silver 2 Dirham Diameter : 25mm, Weight : 5.950 grammes, ASW 5.944g
.999 Silver 5 Dirham Diameter : 32mm, Weight : 14.875 grammes, ASW 14.860g
.999 Silver 10 Dirham Diameter : 41mm, Weight : 29.750 grammes, ASW 29.720g
.999 Silver 20 Dirham Diameter : 50mm, Weight : 59.500 grammes, ASW 59.440g
.917 Gold ½ Dinar Diameter : 16mm, Weight : 2.125 grammes, AGW 1.948g
.917 Gold 1 Dinar Diameter : 21mm, Weight : 4.250 grammes, AGW 3.897g
.917 Gold 2 Dinar Diameter : 22mm, Weight : 8.500 grammes, AGW 7.794g
.917 Gold 5 Dinar Diameter : 25mm, Weight : 21.250 grammes, AGW 19.486g
.917 Gold 8 Dinar Diameter : 32mm, Weight : 34.000 grammes, AGW 31.178g
KELANTAN : 8 DINAR GOLD (YEAR : 2010)
KELANTAN : 5 DINAR GOLD (YEAR : 2010)
KELANTAN : 2 DINAR GOLD (YEAR : 2010)
KELANTAN : 1 DINAR GOLD (YEAR : 2010)
KELANTAN : 1/2 DINAR GOLD (YEAR : 2010)
KELANTAN : 20 DIRHAMS SILVER (YEAR : 2010)
KELANTAN : 10 DIRHAMS SILVER (YEAR : 2010)
KELANTAN : 5 DIRHAMS SILVER (YEAR : 2010)
KELANTAN : 2 DIRHAMS SILVER (YEAR : 2010)
KELANTAN : 1 DIRHAMS SILVER (YEAR : 2010)
On 15th June, 2012, new 22 Karat Gold 2 Dinar and Silver 2 Dirhams coins with the year date 1433AH (2012) were released in Kota Bahru by the Government of Kelantan. These coins are produced by Kelantan Gold Trade Sdn. Bhd. and minted by the World Islamic Mint, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
Dinar- Obverse : A round security hologram, year date H 1433, AU(Gold) .917 fineness, Weight:8.5grammes
Dirham – Obverse: A round security hologram, year date H 1433 Ag(Silver) .999 fineness, Weight:5.95grammes
Dinar and Dirham – Reverse: Coat of Arms of the State of Kelantan, Government of Kelantan
.999 Silver 2 Dirham, Diameter:26mm, Weight:5.95grammes , ASW 5.944g, Edge:? , Mintage: ?
.917 Gold 2 Dinar,,Diameter:25mm, Weight:8.50grammes, AGW 7.794g, Edge:? , Mintage: ?