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Austrian Riyal

Rym Tina Ghazal2014

FIND : NYU Abu Dhabi / New York

FIND : NYU Abu Dhabi / New York

With the increase of maritime trade to the Gulf region, the silver "Austrian Riyal" appeared. Also known as the Queen Theresa Riyal and as the "French Riyal," it weighed 28g and bore an image of Queen Maria Theresa (Queen of Hungary and Archduchess of Austria), who died in 1780. Its proper name is a thaler, which is thought to be part of the origin of the word "dollar."

Image created by FIND Contributor Rym Tina Ghazal for her story “The Coins and Currency Detective.”

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