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« on: November 15, 2010, 07:28:55 pm »

My boyfriend is in the Army and came found several coins that are ancient while trekking across Sinjar Mountain, Ninawa Provience, N W Iraq by the Serian Border. We have identified some, but the coin below has me stumped. This coing is in Arabic, but has a Star of David on the back. Can anybody help us to identify it? Thanks for your help!
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2010, 10:13:16 pm »

Minted by Al-Awhad Ayyub (596-607 AH) at Mayafariqin(?) in 605 AH.  It names al-'Adil I as the overlord. Al-Awhad Ayyub ruled the principality of the Jazirah during the time of the Ayyubids.

You have the obverse upside down.  It shows the bust of a turbaned prince, with earrings or pendants hanging. Cloak around shoulders, gathered in the center with the left hand.

This is listed in Balog's The Coinage of the Ayyubids as coin 845.
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2010, 11:02:07 pm »

Thank you for the information Mr. Cole. I did  a little research and the fronts of the coins do look similar. However, I wasn't able to find any with the star on the back. Any further information would be greatly appreciated! It's actually the star that keeps throwing us off since it's in Arabic.
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2010, 02:29:56 am »

A number of Islamic dynasties use this motif (the six pointed star) on coins so don't let that throw you. Mr Cole is quite correct - it can only be Balog 845.
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2010, 07:57:56 am »

Before the six-pointed star became a common Jewish symbol, as the star of David, it was used on many Muslim coins.  It is a common symbol on the coins of Morocco even into modern times. 
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2010, 09:21:11 am »

Thanks bunches! We went onto a site and found the Balog 845. This is pretty close to that! We have others we may be posting on here. He found over 100 and some are Roman, some Arabic, etc.
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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2010, 09:32:51 am »

He found over 100 coins while trekking?
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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2010, 09:57:17 am »

Yeah...we have pictures of about 75 of them. Some of them are really hard to read because they are worn out. but others are in fantastic condition.
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2010, 10:13:53 am »

Found them on the ground? Incredible.
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2010, 10:50:25 am »

Sorry, he corrected me. He has 78. Are you familiar with these types? I could e mail pictures!
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« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2010, 11:05:13 am »

Found them on the ground? Incredible.

I don't think we need the headline German man detained in Iran as authorities accuse him of being a spy, but he says he was only looking for coins.
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