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  • 2 Dinars 1996, KM# 133, Algeria, Emir Abdelkader
  • 2 Dinars 1996, KM# 133, Algeria, Emir Abdelkader

Abdelkader ibn Muhieddine (1808–1883; Arabic: عبد القادر ابن محي الدين), known as the Emir Abdelkader or Abdelkader El Hassani El Djazairi, was an Algerian religious and military leader who led a struggle against the French colonial invasion of Algiers in the early 19th century. As an Islamic scholar and Sufi who unexpectedly found himself leading a military campaign, he built up a collection of Algerian tribesmen that for many years successfully held out against one of the most advanced armies in Europe. His consistent regard for what would now be called human rights, especially as regards his Christian opponents, drew widespread admiration, and a crucial intervention to save the Christian community of Damascus from a massacre in 1860 brought honours and awards from around the world. Within Algeria, he was able to unite many Arab and Berber tribes to resist the spread of French colonization. His efforts to unite the country against French invaders led some French authors to describe him as a "modern Jugurtha", and his ability to combine religious and political authority has led to his being acclaimed as the "Saint among the Princes, the Prince among the Saints".


Depicts a portrait of Emir Abdelkader three-quarter right wearing traditional outfits white Gandoura or cloak, dates of his life accompanied by the year in the Islamic and the Gregorian calendars on both sides and the legend "Emir Abdelkader" above.

الأمـيـر عبد القادر
1808 1883 م
1223 1300 هـ


The facial value surrounded by the Arabic inscription "Bank of Algeria" above and "Golden Dinars"
and the year in the Islamic and the Gregorian calendars on both sides.

بنك الجزائر
1996 2 1417
هـ م
ديناران ذهبيان


Date of his birth and death of Emir Abdelkader in Hijri and Gregorian

1222 ★ 1883 ★ 1807 ★ 1300 ★

2 Dinars

Emir Abdelkader

KM# 133 Schön# 48 Fr# 50
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Gold
Fineness 0.920
Weight 6.45 g
Diameter 21 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Bank of Algeria

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