Kaffa (Feodosiya, Ukraine) is infamous for bringing the Black Death to Europe. In 1347, Tartar forces besieging the city began to die off. At first the Genoese hoped this would end the siege, but then the enemy catapulted plagued infested corpses into the city. Although they quickly dumped the bodies into the sea, the damage was done. Hoping to escape the spreading disease, four Genoese ships, thought to be untainted, departed for Italy.
ME58628. Silver asper, cf. Schlumberger, XVII, 26 - 27, VF, weight 0.918 g, maximum diameter 14.9 mm, Kaffa mint, 1420 - 1435; obverse DV [...], Castle of Genoa within incomplete circle of dots; reverse Arabic inscription naming the khan of the Golden Horde as overlord, tamga symbol within linear circle; rare; $105.00 (€80.85)
Islamic, Mongols, Ilkhans of Persia, Uljaytu Khan, 703 - 716 AH, 1304 - 1316 A.D.
IS47255. Silver double dirham, Album 2188, VF, weight 3.871 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, die axis 45o, 706 AH (1308 - 1309 A.D.); obverse Arabic legend within and around six lobed ring; reverse Arabic legend within and around seven lobed ring; $65.00 (€50.05)
Islamic, Mongols of Persia, Ilkhans, Uldjaitu Khan, AH 703 - 716, 1304 - 1316 A.D.
IS47267. Silver double dirham, Album 2188, aVF, weight 3.956 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 45o, Khabushan mint, AH 715 (1315 - 1316 A.D.); obverse arabic legend within and around hexalobe; reverse arabic legend within and around heptalobe; $55.00 (€42.35)
Islamic, Ilkhanids, Abu Sa'id, 1304 - 1335
IS47266. Silver double dirham, Album 2200.2, VF, weight 3.567 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, die axis 0o, Madinat Tabriz mint, illegible; obverse Lailahe illallah Muhammed resulullah, Ebu Bekir Ömer Osman Ali, Feseyekfikehumullahi ve hüves' semi' ül alim; reverse Duribe fi eyyam devlet is-sultan'ül azam Ebu Sa'id halledallahü mülkehu, Duribe Sultaniye, Niamullah el-nasr...; There is no God except for Allah, Muhammad is a Messenger of Allah; $50.00 (€38.50)
Islamic, Golden Horde Khans, Muhammed Bulaq Khan, 1369 - 1380 A.D., 771 - 782 A.H.
IS47877. Billon dirham, Sagdeeva 349, Savel’ev 79, Album 2046, Mitchiner WOI -, F, weight 1.383 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 135o, Urdu mint, AH 771; obverse Arabic inscription: "Al-Sultan al-adil / Mohammed Khan / Khalda mulku" (The Just Sultan, Khan Mohamed, may his rule endure); reverse Arabic inscription: Struck in Urdu 771; scarce; $45.00 (€34.65)
Islamic, Ottoman, Mustafa III, AH 1171 - 1187, 1757 - 1774 A.D., Counterfeit or Imitative
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of "Coins of the Crusader States." Ex A.J. Seltman Collection.
IS32096. Bronze mangir, VF, weight 1.444 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, unofficial mint, obverse blundered tungra; reverse blundered Arabic perhaps imitative of "struck / in / Konstantiniye / 1170"; rare; $40.00 (€30.80)
The Coinage of the Ayyubids
BK40234. The Coinage of the Ayyubids by Paul Balog, Royal Numismatic Society Special Publication Number 12, London, 1980, 334 pages, 50 plates, hardcover, dust jacket, new; $40.00 (€30.80)
Marsden's Numismata Orientalia Illustrata
BK40486. Marsden's Numismata Orientalia Illustrata: A Guide to Islamic and Oriental Coins with Values by Stephen Album, 1977, hardback with dust jacket, 318 pages. Illustrated throughout in black and white, shelf-worn, stains and damage to dust jacket, slight warping from humidity, new but "as used"; $40.00 (€30.80)
IS47256. Silver sudaysi, Album 1069, aVF, holed, edge chips, weight 0.227 g, maximum diameter 14.7 mm, die axis 270o, Sa'da? mint, c. AH 325 - 400, c. 937 - 1000 A.D.; obverse Arabic inscriptions; reverse Arabic inscriptions; rare; $32.00 (€24.64)
Islamic, Seljuks of Rum, Mes'ud II (Ghiyath al-Din), 1281 - 1287/8 and 1302 - c. 1308
IS47270. Silver dirhem, cf. Izmirlier 1369, Album 1234, Mitchiner WOI -, F, flat strike, irregular flan, weight 2.902 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 135o, Sivas mint, AH 690; obverse Es-sultan'ül azam giyaseddünya veddin ebulfeth Mesud bin Keykavus; reverse Arabic inscriptions: Lailahe illallah vahde la serikeleh Muhammed resulullah (None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah) in center, mint name and date around; $32.00 (€24.64)