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  • 10 Pounds 1997, KM# 128, Syria, 50th Anniversary of Ba'ath Party
  • 10 Pounds 1997, KM# 128, Syria, 50th Anniversary of Ba'ath Party

The Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party was a political party founded in Syria by Michel Aflaq, Salah al-Din al-Bitar, and associates of Zaki al-Arsuzi. The party espoused Ba'athism (from Arabic: البعث‎ Al-Ba'ath or Ba'ath meaning "renaissance" or "resurrection"), which is an ideology mixing Arab nationalist, pan-Arabism, Arab socialist, and anti-imperialist interests. Ba'athism calls for unification of the Arab world into a single state. Its motto, "Unity, Liberty, Socialism", refers to Arab unity, and freedom from non-Arab control and interference. The party was founded by the merger of the Arab Ba'ath Movement, led by Aflaq and al-Bitar, and the Arab Ba'ath, led by al-Arsuzi, on 7 April 1947 as the Arab Ba'ath Party. The party quickly established branches in other Arab countries, although it would only hold power in Iraq and Syria.


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

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
١٤١٧هـ - ١٩٩٧مـ


Depicts an emblem of the Ba'ath Party (map of the Arabic League - North Africa and Arabic peninsula countries with a Syrian flag on the point of Syria surrounded by a wreath of a spike of ear below and inscription "One Arab Nation with an eternal message" above). The inscription "7th April - 50th Anniversary of the Creation of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party - 1947-1997" above, the denomination with Arabic letters and numerals below.

السابع من نيسان - الذكرى الخمسون لتاسيس حزب البعث العربي الإشتراكي
امة عربية واحدة ذات رسالة خالدة
عشر ١٠ ليرات

Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Cupronickel
Weight 7 g
Diameter 26.5 mm
Thickness 1.65 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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