The iraqi numismatic society is a scret society represented by the artist Sherko Abbas who works, in his office, to reproduce the faces of iraqi coins that have disapperd from circulation. His rol shifts from that archoligist to counterfrtier as he uses the rubbing tachnic ( like tracing an image) to make national symbols appear on paper such as the palm tree, the code of Hammurabi, the Mosul Dam, or the map of Iraq. The motife are then reproduced on photocopied sheets that are made available to museum visitor while the coins that are now blank from rubbing are exhibited in a case. The artist thus manages to exhibit this micro-history threatened with disappearance to a larger audience.
THE IRAQI NUMISMATIC SOCIETY