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  • 1 Abbasi 1906-1911, KM# 845, Afghanistan, Habibullah Khan
  • 1 Abbasi 1906-1911, KM# 845, Afghanistan, Habibullah Khan

Habibullah Khan (1872–1919) was the Emir of Afghanistan from 1901 until his assassination in 1919. He succeeded his father, Emir Abdur Rahman Khan, and was known for his efforts to modernize Afghanistan by introducing modern medicine, technology, and progressive legal reforms. Habibullah established the Habibia school and a military academy, and attempted to dismantle his father's oppressive intelligence system. Despite his reformist agenda, his reign faced challenges, including the Khost rebellion in 1912 and pressure from international forces during World War I, where he maintained Afghan neutrality. On the night of 19 February 1919, while in his winter quarters in Jalalabad, an assassin managed to avoid the Amir's bodyguards and shot him through the ear at very close range, killing him. This led to a brief succession by his brother Nasrullah Khan, who was quickly overthrown by Habibullah's son, Amanullah Khan.


Depicts the emblem of the Emirate of Afghanistan, denomination below the emblem in Persian letters.

The Afghan Emblem features a mosque with a mihrab and minbar (pulpit) at its center. Flanking the mosque are two flags and two rifles fitted with bayonets, small Karakul hat with a dot on the left above, small crossed cannons and swords below, symbolizing Afghanistan's flags surrounded by a wreath with ribbon below.



Depicts Habibullah Khan's name, Amir of Afghanistan, and Siraj al-Din wal-Millah "A great lamp of the religion" divided date of accession in Lunar Hijri in the bottom line surrounded by a wreath with a ribbon below, a five-pointed star at the top.

الملة والدين امير
سرا ٨ج ١٣٢


1 Abbasi (20 Paisa)

KM# 845
Material Silver
Fineness 0.500
Weight 3.11 g
Diameter 17 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Kabul Mint

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