Dear friends and colleagues,
Next December 1st, 2012, a new book by David Francés Vañó, edited by OMNI, will be presented in Valencia (Spain
THE HANDUSI COINAGE OF AL-ANDALUS
This is the first catalogue
specialized in Hispanic-Arabic fractions. No other similar work
about these small and wonderful pieces has ever been published.
“The Handusi coinage of Al-Andalus” is conceived as an answer to the author’s need and conviction to rescue from oblivion these small pieces, traditionally known as “taifa fractions”, in order to dignify them and to elevate them to the category of proper coins.
Their little charm for collectors, the scarce
bibliography and the difficulty to read their legends correctly have caused traditional difficulties when trying to place them into the convulsed and stormy 11th century AD in Al-Andalus.
Feeling that a new and deeper revision of this coinage was a need, in this work
David Francés includes new types
and places the known ones in their exact geographical context. Besides, following his
observations, he explains the minting techniques of these Handusian dirhams, which were firstly conceived for low value transactions.
Other important details regarding their currency in terms of monetary system and weight
are also explained.
This book bears light on many dark zones where these taifa fractions had
been traditionally secluded. Its conclusions can be of both researcher’s and collector’s
interest, as it has also been conceived as a practical catalogue
, which may be useful to classify pieces belonging to both public and private collections
The presentation of this book has been organized by our friends from the Xuquer Numismatic and Philatelic Association and will be spoken by professor Josep Torró, from the University of Valencia. We want to acknowledge Mr. Antonio Sendra his
kind disposition and hard work
to organize this event. Thank you very much, friend!
YOU ARE ALL INVITED TO THIS EVENT!!! (for more information, contact editionOMNI@gmail.com
)IF YOU WISH TO RECEIVE A BOOK, YOU CAN BOOK NOW CONTACTING editionOMNI@gmail.com
STARTING ON DECEMBER 1ST, 2012, I’ll contact all the interested users to give
them payment instructions and to request the shipping address.
This 160 page book includes text, description and a drawing of each of the 427 listed
pieces, which also appear together in 19 color plates in the end of the book. It has been
printed on 300 g glossy paper. The text is bilingual Spanish
: 35 EUROS + SHIPPING EXPENSESGENERAL PLAN OF THE BOOK
The need of low value coinage
Minting techniques, currency and metrology
Summary: loaves and bars
ANONYMOUS OF AL-ANDALUS
Muh ammad b. Sacd
Maymūn b. Badr
GLOSSARY OF TERMS