• 25 Pounds 2003, KM# 131, Syria
  • 25 Pounds 2003, KM# 131, Syria
Obverse

Syrian coat of arms within a dotted circle, date (AD left and AH right) in Arabic digits below, value in Arabic digits (٢٥) on the left and on the right.

The coat of arms of the Syrian Arab Republic consists of the Hawk of Quraish supporting a shield bearing the national flag of Syria (in vertical form), and a scroll of the words "Syrian Arab Republic" in Arabic.

The Hawk of Quraish is a symbol which is found on a number of emblems, coat of arms and flags of several states of the Arab world. The Arabs of the Arabian Peninsula, today especially those from the Persian Gulf coast, are traditionally falconry experts; falcons (and hawks) are seen as status symbols and one of the Arabs' favourite animals. Also the traditions and recorded history about the Quraysh and Muhammad claim a falcon had been used as clan symbol. Therefore, several variants of the Quraishi hawk were and are seen in the flags, coat of arms, seals and emblems of several Arab states until today. In that meaning, the Hawk of Quraish is a rival to the so-called Eagle of Saladin.

الجمهورية العربية السورية
٢٥ ٢٥
١٤٢٤ھ - ٢٠٠٣م
خمس وعشرون ليرة سورية

Reverse

The building of the Central Bank of Syria on the Sabaa Bahrat Square in Damascus with an Arab legend above stating its name, state name in English, denomination in English, two '25', and a circle featuring a latent image (hologram) of CBS and 25.

SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC
مصرف سورية المركزي
25 25
TWENTY FIVE SYRIAN POUNDS

Edge

25 Pounds

With hologram
KM# 131 Schön# 65
Characteristics
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Nickel Brass
Center Cupronickel
Weight 8.4 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.23 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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