Niger – 2012 – 100 Francs – Mecca Compass Copper Goldplated (including box) (PROOF)

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Metal Copper goldplated
Weight 50 g
Size 50 mm
Quality Prooflike
Mintage 2500
Regardless of one’s position anybody can find out in which direction Mecca is, by using of this special coin. Mecca, the birth place of Islam’s prophet Mohammed, is the Muslims’ holiest city.

The Muslims’ most important pilgrimage site is visited by approx. 2,5 million pilgrims annually. The most significant estination in Mecca is the Kaaba, a cube shaped structure in the courtyard of the main mosque. Even before slamic times, the Kaaba was known as a sacred object. For Arabic tribes in he surrounding areas of Mecca at that time. The holy city is located in a desert-like basin surrounded by two mountain hains about 90 km from the Red Sea. Due to an increasing number of pilgrims over the last few years, the city has been frequently re-built in order to meet changing needs. It is strictly prohibited for Non-Muslims to set foot in this location.