Photos have emerged of gold coins allegedly minted by the Islamic State group in Syria, presumably to be put into circulation one day as the currency of its intended modern-day caliphate.
The currency, called the “Islamic dinar,” includes images revealing the global ambitions of the jihadist group: One coin shows a map of the world. Another is decorated with seven wheat stalks, a reference to the Koran.
The BBC reported that the flip side of the 24-carat coins shows an Arabic phrase that reads, “The Islamic State — a caliphate based on the doctrine of the prophet.”
The Islamic State’s dinar was inspired by the original dinar used during the Caliphate of Uthman in 634, Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported.
Syrian activists speculated one coin was valued at $139.
The Islamic State first announced its plans to mint its own currency in November in order to “emancipate itself from the satanic global economic system.”
According to the Telegraph, it plans to mint seven coins: two gold, three silver and two copper.