In the 11th century Marrakech was the Capital of the Almoravid dynasty and issued its own currency. The square silver coins (to the left on the image above) are from this period.  The round coins to the right are a currency that circulated in Marrakech three centuries later.

All these coins are silver, note how many of them have been clipped to harvest a little of the precious metal, a practice  also seen in mediavel coins in Europe.

Coins such as these are still to be found in the Souks of Marrakech. If you are planning a visit to the Red City stay with us in one of our Riad Boutique hotels and experience the hospitality of the medina at first hand.  Visit our Frequently Asked Questions For information on the Dirham, the modern currency of Morocco and advice on how best to change money .