COIN
Kelantan - 5 Dirham
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Country
Sultanate of Kelantan
Denomination
5 Dirham
Minted Date/Year
2010 CE
Coin Type
Currency Token
Punch / Orientation
↑↑ Medal
Front Legend
KERAJAAN NEGERI KELANTAN 5 DIRHAM 999.0 GOVERNMENT KELANTAN
Mint
World Islamic Mint of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Composition
.999 Fine Silver
Coin Edge
Milled/Reeded - Vertical
Coin Shape
Round - Circular
Weight
15 g
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Uncirculated
Kelantan - 5 Dirham
The Kelantanese dinar is a currency issued by the Government of the Malaysian state of Kelantan, which purportedly is in conformance with the concept of the Islamic gold dinar. The Kelantanese dinar is available in the form of coins of several denominations. These coins were first struck in 2006 by Mariwasa Kraftangan of Kuala Kangsar, Perak, a local producer of souvenirs and replicas of objects of art and culture, and launched by the state of Kelantan on 20 September 2006. The Government of Kelantan had suggested that the coins had the status of legal tender, and the state-issued dinar sold out quickly, with many buyers seeing the gold dinar as a better choice than fiat money.

However, the federal Malaysian government in Kuala Lumpur denied that the Kelantanese dinar had a legal-tender status, stating that the buyers had been misled by the Kelantanese government. The only currency that is legal tender in Kelantan is the Malaysian ringgit. According to the Malaysian constitution, ninth schedule, list I sub 7.a, the states of Malaysia do not have the right to issue coins. In fact, the federal government had already declared publicly in 2006, in response to the plan announced by the Kelantanese government and before any of the coins were minted, that state governments could not issue their own currency.

The coins have a metallic composition of 22 carat gold, as required to be in conformance with the modern Islamic gold dinar. There are 3 denominations – 1/4, 1/2, and 1 dinar. Additionally, in 2007 a gold 2-dinar coin was struck to commemorate the birthday of the Sultan of Kelantan.

The World Islamic Mint of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates has been given the authority by the Government of Kelantan to strike this series' new coins in 2010.

The denominations that have now been struck are as follows;
  • Silver - 1 dirham, 2, 5, 10, and 20 dirhams.
  • Gold - 1/2 and 1 dinar, 2, 5, and 8 dinars.
The obverses depict a monogram in Arabic within a decorative border.

The reverses of these pieces depicts the full Kelantanese Coat-of-Arms.

These coins are also sold in Kelantan as of 12 August 2010, but the Malaysian ringgit remains the only legal tender.
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