IS mints gold coins as only legal currency in 'caliphate'
The Islamic State militants have released a new video showing the terror group minting and distributing gold dinars, which it claims will be the new currency to save Muslims from the enslavement of "satanic" US banks.
The hour-long video is mainly addressed to Muslim supporters and claims that it is an attempt to take the land back to the "golden" times of "Prophet Mohammad". In it, an English-speaking narrator talks about the "US satanic banks" promoting "the capitalist financial system of enslavement, underpinned by a piece of paper called the Federal Reserve dollar note."
The group claims in the video that it will now trade oil only for gold.
IS claims that it has followed to the principles of Caliph Abd al Malik ibn Marwan while minting the coins. Caliph Marwan introduced the first Arabic-script coinage in around 696 AD.
The new IS currency, first announced last November, comes in several denominations of silver, gold and copper. The group said its 21-carat one dinar coin weighs 4.25 grams, while the 21-carat five-dinar coin weighs 9.50 grams. Three denominations of silver dirhams and two of copper coins were minted for smaller transactions, it said.
The coins "are completely void of human and animal images in accordance with Shariah law." The reverse side of one gold depicts seven wheat stalks, "representing the blessing of spending in the path of Allah," says the narrator.
The coin is imprinted with a map of the world, "representing the extent of territory Mohammad's reign would reach, including Constantinople, Rome and America," and another depicts a spear and shield "showing that the source of provision of Mohammad were from jihad in the name of Allah."
Preserving history in 3D
A team of archaeologists from the Oxford-based Institute of Digital Archaeology have launched a project aimed at preserving Middle Eastern historical sites at risk from jihadist militants based largely on 3D printing.
According a report in the London Times, experts behind the $3.1 million project hope to "flood the Middle East with 3D cameras" and catalog every threatened item, including but not limited to artifacts, buildings and monuments.
The archaeologists believe they can recreate and reconstruct items destroyed by militants.
The project would rely on volunteers based in Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, Yemen and eastern Turkey to take photographs and upload them to a database, where owners of 3D printers worldwide would help reconstruct them.
On Sunday, satellite images confirmed the destruction of a Roman-era Baal Shamin temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra after IS claimed responsibility for blowing up the structure a week ago.
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Can we spend these coins in macdonalds and KFC???he he he