Makkah in Silver

DAI Collaborates with the Embassy of the Russian Federation to inaugurate latest exhibition at the Amricani Cultural Centre 
‘Makkah in Silver: Hajj Symbolism in Mint Silver Stamps’

In cooperation with the Embassy of Russian Federation in Kuwait, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah has launched the Makkah in Silver: Hajj Symbolism in Mint Silver Stamps exhibition at the Amricani Cultural Centre.

The exhibition revolves around a collection of 40 replica stamps made of 999 fine silver and dedicated it to the Holy City of Makkah that were issued by the Moscow Mint of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation in 2013.

The original stamps were issued at different times by 24 Islamic countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Comoros, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

These silver replicas duplicate the famous original stamps and have already become artefacts of great historic significance. Before making this commemorative collection of silver the stamp-raised patterns were hand-moulded at the Moscow Mint, thus, the stamps gained a three-dimensional shape. All stamps are made in actual size.

The collection-making process took three years and involved a great number of scientists, experts, technologists, engineers, designers, sculptors and artists.

These silver replica stamps were issued in a very limited edition, therefore, they become a rare commemorative from the very beginning. The real experts in historic values and good artistic taste will appreciate the beauty and elegance of the precious stamps at their true worth.

The unique aesthetic solution gives the silver collection stamps an eternal existence and allows them to be highly prized art objects of the XXI century, which have no comparison in the world.

The collection consists of 40 stamps and this is not by mere chance. In Islam, like in many other religions, forty is regarded to be a sacred number and a symbol of change, peace and uplift. This number is connected with the Islamic rituals applied for dating critical periods. At the age of forty, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received his first revelation from Allah and people read the Qur’an every forty days. Many Islamic rituals represent the symbolic force of forty as a number in achieving desired goals.