1980-1982 era banknote. I got this from an Iraqi while stationed there at the end of the first war.
Front shows Abu Ali Hasan Ibn al-Haitham (known as Alhazen to medieval scholars in the West), born in Basrah in 965 A.D.. His most important work - though he wrote some 200 books - is held to be a seven volume series on optics, Kitab al-Manazir, in which he gives the first correct explanation of vision, showing that light is reflected from an object into the eye. He is said to have ‘invented’ the camera obscura.
Reverse shows Hadba Minaret, at the Great Nurid Mosque, Mosul, built 1172 A.D by Nurridin Zangi, the then Turkish ruler. The 59 meter minaret leans 8 feet off the perpendicular. That is how it earned its Arabic name Al-Hadba (‘the humped’)
Arabian horse head Watermark, Internal thread.
In good condition, small tears on one edge (see photos).
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