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World Bad Guys Libya Moammar Gadhafi Coin & Currency Set Coin & 2 Banknotes Folder

This set includes a Libyan coin and two banknotes, one of which depicts Moammar Gadhafi. Both the coin and notes are in uncirculated condition. The set comes in a descriptive folder with a Certificate of Authenticity.
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World Bad Guys, Libya, Moammar Gadhafi, Coin & Currency Set, Coin & (2) Banknote, Folder, Colonel Moammar Gadhafi (1942, 2011) was ruler of Libya from 1969 until 2011, when he was killed during the Arab Spring revolution. Born in the village of Qasr Abu Hadi, young Moammar was raised in a Bedouin tent in the desert. At the age of six, he was injured by a land-mine left behind by the colonial Italian Royal Army and watched as the blast killed two of his cousins. From that moment on, he was a staunch opponent of colonialism in all its forms, a belief system that would manifest itself later in his rigid anti-American, anti-capitalist and anti-Zionist stances. He was 27 years old, a mere lieutenant in the army, when he assumed command of Libya in a bloodless coup. The young leader immediately went into action, closing American and British military bases and forcing oil companies to give Libya a much larger percentage of their profit. Gadhafi's brazen and successful negotiations with the oil companies inspired other OPEC countries to take similar action, contributing to the surge in oil prices during the 1970s. Much of the wealth was funneled into the coffers of his friends and family, whom he tapped to head key energy jobs. This bred a culture of corruption and entitlement. In 1977, Gadhafi implemented a series of drastic changes to secure the Islamification of Libya. what he hoped would be the beginning of a pan-African Islamic state. Never lacking for confidence, he began to exhibit signs of megalomania, dressing in ever more elaborate uniforms while ruling over his oppressed people with an iron fist. His ideological opposition to the Jewish State helped fuel the fire for a Middle East crisis that would last decades and he actively sponsored any terrorist groups, from the Irish Republican Army to Hezbolla, that would bring the fight to the capitalist West. Libya's role in the 1976 Berlin discotheque bombing compelled President Ronald Reagan to launch a series of air strikes against the country and Gadhafi's complicity in the heinous Lockerbie bombing made him a pariah on the international stage. Although some of his reforms helped the Libyan people, he was feared in his country and with good reason: Gadhafi regularly practiced cruel and unusual punishments, incarcerated prisoners indefinitely without trial or just cause and executed suspected traitors. Aided by US coalition air strikes. the Libyan people wasted little time rising up against his regime in the Arab Spring revolutionary movement. Hunting him down to the rural village where he was raised, rebel forces shot him dead in 2011.
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