'Mystery leather bag' money is one of the more imaginative types and is
described below in the section on Carthage. A similar idea was silver plated
money which was used by early Palestinians who - as devout Muslims - were
threatened by these coins' inscription :- "Cursed be he who tests this dirhem".
In fact the genuine silver dirhem was reserved for European/Asiatic trade, and
the plated version was for domestic use. Even this appeal to a devout population
failed to dent their natural curiosity and small scratches in the plate
evidenced no end of curses being applied across the ever hopeful domestic