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Islamic Coins


Islamic, Umayyad, Hisham, 105 - 125 H, 724 - 743 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik inherited an empire beset with problems but his long rule was effective. He was conscientious in administering finances, was a great patron of the arts, encouraged education by building schools, and oversaw the translation of numerous literary and scientific masterpieces into Arabic. He lived simply, wearing the same green cloak he had before becoming caliph and dwelling in the desert to avoid plague. His governor in Spain advanced a large army into France marking the limit of Arabic conquest in Western Europe, a wave halted by a crushing defeat to Charles Martel at the Battle of Tours. Almost annual raids against the Byzantines continued to gain ground. In North Africa, the Berbers revolted, at first successfully, but Umayyad rule was reestablished. Despite Hisham's successes, the Abbasids continued to gain power; however, they were not yet strong enough to make major gains.
IS70855. Silver dirham, Lavoix 528, Album 137, EF, weight 2.867 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 270o, Wasit mint, 125 AH, 742 - 743 A.D.; obverse Kufic margin: In the name of Allah this Dirham was struck in Wasit in the year five and twenty and a hundred, Kufic in center: There is no God but Allah alone with no partner; reverse Kufic margin: Mohammed is messenger of God, who sent him with guidance and the right religion to conquer over all religions however much idolaters, Kufic in center: Allah is unique, Allah is eternal, did not give birth, was not born, and no one ever has been equaled to Him; from the Sam Mansourati Collection; $85.00 (€63.75)

Islamic, Square Bronze Square Dirham Weight, 6th - 8th Century A.D.
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BZ90528. Bronze weight, cf. Hendin Weights 449; 9.3 x 9.7 x 4.6 mm, 2.943 g, nice green patina, obverse engraved or punched circle; reverse engraved or punched circle; $75.00 (€56.25)

Islamic, Seljuqs Sultanate of Rum, Kaykhusraw I, 1192 - 1196, 1204-1210
Click for a larger photo Kaykhusraw I, the eleventh and youngest son of Kilij Arslan II, succeeded his father in 1192. He ruled 1192-1196 and 1205-1211, but had to fight his brothers for control of the Sultanate. He married a granddaughter of the Byzantine emperor Manuel I Komnenos. In 1207 he seized Antalya from its Frankish garrison and furnished the Seljuq state with a port on the Mediterranean. According to Niketas Choniates, he was killed in single combat by Theodore I Laskaris, the emperor of Nicaea, during the Battle of Antioch on the Meander.
IS67182. Bronze fals, Album 1207, Mitchiner WOI -, F, weight 2.506 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 315o, 2nd reign, 600 - 607 AH, 1205 - 1211; obverse horseman riding right, sword in right, two stars above; reverse Arabic inscriptions, no mint or date, including title "Abul-Fat-h"; $65.00 (€48.75)

Islamic, Ilkhanids, Abu Sa'id, 1304 - 1335
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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; $45.00 (€33.75)

Islamic, Mongols of Persia, Ilkhans, Uldjaitu Khan, AH 703 - 716, 1304 - 1316 A.D.
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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; $45.00 (€33.75)

The Coinage of the Ayyubids
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BW40234. 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 (€30.00)

Marsden's Numismata Orientalia Illustrata
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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 (€30.00)

Islamic, Golden Horde Khans, Muhammed Bulaq Khan, 1369 - 1380 A.D., 771 - 782 A.H.
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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; $40.00 (€30.00)

Khanate of Qrim (Crimea), Mengli Giray I, 1466 - 1514 A.D.
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Meñli ascended the throne in 1466 for some months, but was then deposed by his brother Nur Devlet. He was restored in January 1469, but lost power again in March 1475 to a rebellion of his rival brothers and nobility. In 1475, he was captured by the Ottomans in Feodosiya and delivered to Constantinople. After being forced to recognize Ottoman suzerainty over the Crimean Khanate, he was returned to the throne of Crimea in 1478. He founded the fortress of Özü. In 1502, Meñli defeated the last khan of the Golden Horde and took control over its capital Saray. He proclaimed himself Khagan (Emperor), claiming legitimacy as the successor of the Golden Horde's authority over the Tatar khaganates in the Caspian-Volga region.Khan Mengli I Giray

IS90867. Silver Akce, Retowski Girei pl. V, 52; zeno.ru 115067; Album Giray Khans 2070, F, toned, struck with a worn obverse die, weight 0.529 g, maximum diameter 11.7 mm, die axis 270o, Qiriq-Yer mint, 1483 - 1484; obverse Arabic inscription: khan Mengli Giray bin Haci Giray khan (or similar, blundered), three pellets within script on right; reverse Giray tamga in dotted circle, Arabic inscriptions: date (AH 888) above, mint name around; $35.00 (€26.25)

Islamic, Ottoman, Mustafa III, AH 1171 - 1187, 1757 - 1774 A.D., Counterfeit or Imitative
Click for a larger photo 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 tughra; reverse blundered Arabic perhaps imitative of "struck / in / Konstantiniye / 1170"; rare; $33.00 (€24.75)

Khanate of Qrim (Crimea), Mengli Giray I, 1466 - 1514 A.D.
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Meñli ascended the throne in 1466 for some months, but was then deposed by his brother Nur Devlet. He was restored in January 1469, but lost power again in March 1475 to a rebellion of his rival brothers and nobility. In 1475, he was captured by the Ottomans in Feodosiya and delivered to Constantinople. After being forced to recognize Ottoman suzerainty over the Crimean Khanate, he was returned to the throne of Crimea in 1478. He founded the fortress of Özü. In 1502, Meñli defeated the last khan of the Golden Horde and took control over its capital Saray. He proclaimed himself Khagan (Emperor), claiming legitimacy as the successor of the Golden Horde's authority over the Tatar khaganates in the Caspian-Volga region.Khan Mengli I Giray
IS54437. Silver Akce, Retowski Girei 197 and pl. VI, 183; zeno.ru 75109; Album Giray Khans 2070, VF, typical tight flan and uneven strike, weight 0.615 g, maximum diameter 13.3 mm, die axis 90o, Qrim mint, 1511 - 1512; obverse Arabic inscription: khan Mengli Giray bin Haci Giray khan (or similar, blundered); reverse Giray tamga, two large pellets, Arabic inscriptions: mint name around, date (AH 917) straight across below; $30.00 (€22.50)

Islamic, Seljuks of Rum, Mes'ud II (Ghiyath al-Din), 1281 - 1287/8 and 1302 - c. 1308
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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; $28.00 (€21.00)

Islamic, Golden Horde Khans, Muhammed Bulaq Khan, 1369 - 1380 A.D., 771 - 782 A.H.
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IS47873. Billon dirham, Sagdeeva 353, Album 2046, Mitchiner WOI -, F, weight 1.403 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 180o, Urdu mint, AH 777, 1377 A.D.; obverse Arabic inscription: "Al-Sultan al-adil / Ghiyas al-dunya wa ud-din / Mohammed Khan, Khalda mulku" (The Just Sultan, defender of the faith and secular life, Khan Mohamed, may his rule endure); reverse Arabic inscription: Struck by the rule of Allah, in Urdu, 777; scarce; $27.00 (€20.25)

Islamic, Golden Horde Khans, Muhammed Bulaq Khan, 1369 - 1380 A.D., 771 - 782 A.H.
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IS47876. Billon dirham, Sagdeeva 354 var (calligraphy), Savel’ev 90, Album 2046, Mitchiner WOI -, F, uneven strike, weight 1.428 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 135o, Urdu mint, AH 777, 1377 A.D.; obverse Arabic inscription: "Al-Sultan al-adil / Ghiyas al-dunya wa ud-din / Mohammed Khan, Khalda mulku" (The Just Sultan, defender of the faith and secular life, Khan Mohamed, may his rule endure); reverse Arabic inscription: Struck by the rule of Allah, in Urdu, 777; scarce; $24.00 (€18.00)

Khanate of Qrim (Crimea), Dawlat Giray I, 1550 - 1577 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Akce of this reign are sometimes so debased they appear to be copper.
IS54435. Billon Akce, Album Giray Khans 2074, F, debased silver, crude, double struck, weight 0.541 g, maximum diameter 11.6 mm, Qiriq-Yer mint, 1550 - 1577 A.D.; obverse blundered illegible Arabic inscription; reverse Giray tamga, star, blundered illegible Arabic inscription: mint name around and date; $24.00 (€18.00)

Khanate of Qrim (Crimea), Mengli Giray I, 1466 - 1514 A.D.
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Meñli ascended the throne in 1466 for some months, but was then deposed by his brother Nur Devlet. He was restored in January 1469, but lost power again in March 1475 to a rebellion of his rival brothers and nobility. In 1475, he was captured by the Ottomans in Feodosiya and delivered to Constantinople. After being forced to recognize Ottoman suzerainty over the Crimean Khanate, he was returned to the throne of Crimea in 1478. He founded the fortress of Özü. In 1502, Meñli defeated the last khan of the Golden Horde and took control over its capital Saray. He proclaimed himself Khagan (Emperor), claiming legitimacy as the successor of the Golden Horde's authority over the Tatar khaganates in the Caspian-Volga region.Khan Mengli I Giray
IS54439. Silver Akce, Retowski Girei 154 and pl. VI, 132 (obv) / 143 (rev); zeno.ru 52155; Album Giray Khans 2070, F, irregular, undersize, and cracked flan, weight 0.387 g, maximum diameter 11.8 mm, die axis 180o, Kaffa mint, 1497 - 1498; obverse Arabic inscription: khan Mengli Giray bin Haci Giray khan (or similar, blundered), star left, three pellets within script on right; reverse Giray tamga, pellet on each side within flanking center line, line dividing field above, pellet right, Arabic inscriptions: mint name and date (AH 903, on right) around; $24.00 (€18.00)

Khanate of Qrim (Crimea), Mengli Giray I, 1466 - 1514 A.D.
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Meñli ascended the throne in 1466 for some months, but was then deposed by his brother Nur Devlet. He was restored in January 1469, but lost power again in March 1475 to a rebellion of his rival brothers and nobility. In 1475, he was captured by the Ottomans in Feodosiya and delivered to Constantinople. After being forced to recognize Ottoman suzerainty over the Crimean Khanate, he was returned to the throne of Crimea in 1478. He founded the fortress of Özü. In 1502, Meñli defeated the last khan of the Golden Horde and took control over its capital Saray. He proclaimed himself Khagan (Emperor), claiming legitimacy as the successor of the Golden Horde's authority over the Tatar khaganates in the Caspian-Volga region.Khan Mengli I Giray
IS54440. Silver Akce, Retowski Girei 197 and pl. VI, 183; zeno.ru 75109; Album Giray Khans 2070, aVF, typical tight flan and uneven strike, weight 0.338 g, maximum diameter 10.7 mm, die axis 270o, Qrim mint, 1511 - 1512; obverse Arabic inscription: khan Mengli Giray bin Haci Giray khan (or similar, blundered); reverse Giray tamga, two large pellets, Arabic inscriptions: mint name around, date (AH 917) straight across below; $24.00 (€18.00)

Islamic, Zangid Atabegs of Sinjar, Qutb al-Din Muhammad, 594 - 616 AD, 1197 - 1219 A.D.
Click for a larger photo The obverse is imitative of a bronze of Caracalla struck at Edessa, Mesopotamia.
IS47246. Bronze dirhem, Spengler and Sayles 81, Album 1880.2, Mitchiner WOI 1139 - 1140, F, obv off center, weight 9.677 g, maximum diameter 25.8 mm, die axis 45o, Sinjar mint, 596 - 600 AH, 1199 - 1204 A.D.; obverse Kufic inscription: mint name and date (date off flan), bare headed, curly-haired, draped a cuirassed Roman-style bust left, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left shoulder; reverse cursive four line Kufic inscription: names and titles of the Abbasid Calif al-Nasir and Qutb al-Din Muhammad; Zengid tamga (stylized fulmen) below; $22.00 (€16.50)

Click for a larger photo The Seljuks were a Central Asian nomadic group of Sunni Muslims. The last Seljuk sultan died in battle in 1194 when the Great Seljuks were defeated by the Mongols. A breakaway group, the Seljuks of Rum, settled in Anatolia. They too eventually succumbed to the continuing Mongol expansion of the 12th and 13th centuries.
IS90357. Bronze fals, Hennequin BnF 1706, Album 109, Mitchiner WOI 966; inscriptions only, no date or mint, F, holed, weight 4.300 g, maximum diameter 29.7 mm, die axis 180o, AH 607 - 616; obverse Arabic inscription: Caliph al Nasir; reverse Arabic inscription: Seljuq Sultan; ex Sayles & Lavender; $15.00 (€11.25)


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