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A young Syrian Woman documents the Syrian national currency over a hundred years

 Documentation represents different forms including the academic specialization and individual hobby. The experience of the young woman Dr. Noor Al-Hamidi, combined the two forms in one of the most beautiful classic hobbies embodied by collecting Syrian currency denominations.

Dr. Al-Hamidi belongs to a high-qualified generation that is interested in the field of computer, internet and mobile technologies.

 She considers herself a veteran in the field of currency documentation because she has witnessed two different periods of documentation including paper and electronic and lived through the pressures that the Syrian national currency has experienced.

The young Al-Hamidi, who is from Aleppo province, told SANA that her experience in this field and her ability to distinguish between ancient currencies and appreciate their value has grown since her childhood when she watched her mother collecting various ancient currencies.

She indicated that the idea has developed for her as she worked to collect different versions of the national Syrian currency denominations issued by the Central Bank of Syria, the Bank of Syria and Lebanon, or the Syrian Monetary Authority. This work later encouraged her to enter the Faculty of Economics.

Concerning distinguishing between ancient currencies, Dr. Al-Hamidi made it clear that this is done through comparing the dates of the currency issuance, referring to more than one source to document them.

She pointed to the changes of the coins between the past and present period , adding previously, they were made of precious metals or a mixture of metals. As for the paper currency, it was made of good quality material that resists tearing and damage, in addition to the decorations, pictures and symbols printed on it.

 "Concerning the modern paper currency, you will find that it has become smaller in size and shape and similar to foreign currencies in its colors” according to Dr.Al-Hamidi, considering that this development witnessed by the world by dispensing with a coin in favor of paper is something that must be paid attention to.

Dr. Al-Hamidi, who holds a Ph.D. in Economics in the field of statistics and insurance mathematics, presented her college with a documentary plate which contains a large number of Syrian currencies.

 She indicated that she photographed every piece of paper and cash with the camera and then cleaned it of impurities, lines, writings and damage by using Photoshop and collecting it in a plate which took a whole year in terms of documenting the currency, its issue date, and its final output.

The plate consists of a variety of publications in different years arranged in ascending order from 1919 to 2019 for Syrian paper and cash currency and their symbols, such as the Syrian falcon, which is the logo of the Central Bank of Syria.

The documentary plate is considered a historical document that sheds light on the Syrian national currency, which has survived for a whole century despite economic conditions and sanctions.

Dr. Al-Hamidi expressed her wish that the Central Bank of Syria and its branches in the governorates would support her in producing a huge documentary plate for Syrian currency to be hung on the walls of banks, museums and squares with the aim of introducing the Syrian currency issuance as it is a national symbol that must be preserved.

Rawaa Ghanam