Empire Chérifien – Moroccan franc

Mixing cultures gets interesting patterns


So, I was looking for a new subject to practice my macro skills and somehow, remembered a stash of old foreign coins and currency that I had saved.  It is rather amazing how detailed and beautiful the designs are on some of these items.  It is truly artwork that we seldom pay attention to!

This image mixes currency from two very different parts of the world but I liked how the patterns went together.  The background is a 5 peso note from Mexico with a Mayan calendar in the center.  The coin is from Morocco during its period as a French protectorate.  From 1912-1956, Morocco was partially under French and partially Spanish control.  The Moroccan franc shown above was produced from 1921-1924.

Date of this particular coin can be determined by looking on the reverse side (below).  At the bottom of the coin, below the Arabic lettering you can see a small lightning bolt.  This identifies the coin as one coming from the mint at Poissy where the Moroccan francs were produced in 1924.

1924 Moroccan Franc (reverse)


1924 Moroccan Franc on 5 peso Mexican note

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
ProMaster LED120SS LED for lighting
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/10 –  1/4 sec – ISO 200

Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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