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Islamic, Seljuqs of Nihawand, Sanjar, Mahmud II and Sa`d al-Dawla Yurunqush, AH 524, 1129 A.D.

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From the City of Noah. According to local lore, Nihawand was founded by Noah. On this type the city name is spelled Nuhavand (city of Noah).

Sa`d al-Dawla Yurunqush was a local ruler, mentioned in both Bundari and Ibn al-Athir, though neither gives him the title of Atabeg. He was Shahnah (governor) of Baghdad from 1124 - 1126 (AH 518 - 520) and was made Lord of Isfahan, c. 1141 (AH 536). He died 1145 or 1146 (AH 540 or 541).
IS48927. Gold 1/3 dinar, Album 1688B; Lowick NC 1970, 19 (or similar), aVF, irregular flan, weight 1.288 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 75o, Nihawand mint, AH 524; obverse Arabic inscriptions, mint and date in margin; reverse Arabic inscriptions, Qur. ix 33 in margin; battle axe left, cruciform sword right; reverse off-center; rare; SOLD


Islamic, Samanid, Nuh bin Nasr, 331 - 343 AH, 943-954 A.D., Citing the Abbasid Caliph al Mustakfi

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Nuh came to power after preventing a revolt against his father, Nasr. Several army officers, unhappy over Nasr's support of Ismaili missionaries, met to plot his assassination. Nuh learned of the meeting, arrived in surprise and killed the leader. To placate the others, he promised to put an end to the activities of the Ismailis, and convinced his father to abdicate in his favor.

A faithful supporter of the Abbasid caliph al-Mustakfi, Nuh struck coins in the caliph's name before he was elected, after he was deposed in 338H, and even after his death.

In the obverse margin legend, in the Qur'an verse "The Romans," Allah tells the believers that the Romans are defeated but they will gain a victory against Persians: "Within a few years. The command lies with Allah in the past instance as well as in the future. On that day the believers will rejoice." The prophecy is said to date shortly after the Byzantines (Romans) lost Jerusalem in 614 when Persians destroyed the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and seized the "True Cross." In 622, Heraclius gained a number of victories over the Persians and conquered Armenia.
SH65410. Gold dinar, Bernardi 353Pj, Album 1454, gVF, weight 4.293 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 180o, Nishapur mint, 340 AH; obverse margin: Qur, field: No God but Allah only and nobody is his partner in deity; reverse margin: Qur, field: For Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, al-Mustakfi billah caliph, amir Nuh, son of Nasr; ex Stack's Bowers and Ponterio sale 172, part of lot 11859; scarce; SOLD


Islamic, Abbasid Caliphate, al-Amin, 809 - 814 A.D. (193 - 198 A.H.)

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Al-Amin was the son of the greatest of the Abbasid Caliphs, Harun al-Rashid. Al-Amin was fond of eunuchs. His mother arranged for slave women to be dressed in masculine clothing in the hope of inducing him to adopt more conventional partners. He had no children and was consequently succeeded by his brother.
SH43461. Gold dinar, Lowick 87, VF, weight 4.194 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, Baghdad mint, 811 A.D.; obverse in center the first part of the Shahada "No deity but Allah alone, with no partner with him", "Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, He sent him with guidance and the right religion to be shown all over the religions" around; reverse the second part of shahada: "Muhammad is the messenger of Allah", above: lil-Khalifa (To the caliph), below: al-Amin; around, Bismillah (in the name of Allah), Dhuriba haza al-dinar (this dinar minted) sanat khams wa tis'ien wa mi'a (year 195), all in Kufic script; SOLD


Islamic, Timurids of Fars, Abdullah Mirza, AH 838 - 850, 1435 - 1447 A.D.

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The attribution on this coin is from Alex Malloy's tag. We have not been able to find another example in our references or online.

Abdullah was a great-grandson of Timur, and was made governor of Fars by his grandfather. In 1447, his cousin Sultan Muhammad forced him to abandon the province and, as a supporter of Ulugh Beg, he was imprisoned by 'Abd al-Latif. When 'Abd al-Latif was murdered in 1450, Abdullah was released and made ruler of Samarkand. In 1451 he was defeated and executed by Abu Sa'id.
IS49627. Gold fractional dinar, unpublished(?), VF, weight 1.218 g, maximum diameter 8.8 mm, Seistan, Jairaft(?) mint, AH 841 (1437 - 1438 A.D.); ex Alex G. Malloy; extremely rare; SOLD


The Coins of Anatolian Seljuqs

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All the coins of Anatolian (Rum) Seljuqs arranged in 1558 types. Begins with a short regional history of the sultans and includes information on how to identify coins. This extensive catalogue presents the coin types under each sultan according to their mints, denominations, date, and legends.
BK13685. The Coins of Anatolian Seljuqs by Yilmaz Izmirlier, 2010, 510 Pages, 1558 coins, color illustrations, limited printing of 300 copies, hardcover; SOLD


Islamic, Umayyad Caliphate, Dimashq, Arab Pseudo-Byzantine Coinage, 661 - 697 A.D.

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IS32857. Bronze fals, Walker BMC p. 8 and pl. III, ANS 2 (same dies); Album 102; SIC Ashmolean I -, superb aEF, weight 3.957 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 330o, Dimashq (Damascus) mint, 680 - 693 A.D.; obverse ∆AMACKOC, emperor standing facing, long cross in left, globus cruciger in right, T left; reverse Arabic legend, "current this (fals in) Damascus, full weight" (or similar, blundered), large capital M, monogram above, star (officina symbol) below; rare; SOLD


Islamic, Abbasid Caliphate, Abu-'Abdallah al-Mahdi, 775 - 785 A.D. (158 - 169 A.H.)

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Al-Mahdi succeeded his father, al-Masur, as caliph. It was during his reign that paper was introduced from China following an Abbasid victory in 751 A.D. Al-Mahdi is also known to have been fond of erotic poetry and a great patron to erotic poets.
SH51934. Gold dinar, Album 214, VF, weight 4.224 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, 161 AH (777 - 778 A.D.); obverse in center the first part of the Shahada "There is no God but Allah alone, with no partner with him", "Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, He sent him with guidance and the right religion to be shown all over the religions" around; all in Kufic script; reverse the second part of shahada: "Muhammad is the messenger of Allah", Bismillah (in the name of Allah), Dhuriba haza al-dinar (this dinar minted) sanat khams wa tis'ien wa mi'a (year 161); all in Kufic script; SOLD


Islamic, 6 Silver Coin Lot

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Lot includes the following six coins:
- Umayyad dirham (1).
- ĎAbbasid dirhams (2).
- Tabaristan hemidrachms of ĎAbbasid governors (3).
LT85381. Silver Lot, VF or better, Lot of six silver coins, the actual coins in the photograph, no flips or tags, bulk lot, as-is, no returns; SOLD


Islamic, Seljuqs of Nihawand, Sanjar, Mahmud II and Sa`d al-Dawla Yurunqush, AH 511 - 525, 1118 - 1131 A.D.

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From the City of Noah. According to local lore, Nihawand was founded by Noah. On this type the city name is spelled Nuhavand (city of Noah).

Sa`d al-Dawla Yurunqush was a local ruler, mentioned in both Bundari and Ibn al-Athir, though neither gives him the title of Atabeg. He was Shahnah (governor) of Baghdad from 1124 - 1126 (AH 518 - 520) and was made Lord of Isfahan, c. 1141 (AH 536). He died 1145 or 1146 (AH 540 or 541).
IS48928. Gold 1/3 dinar, Lowick NC 1970, 17; Album 1688B; Hennequin -, aVF, weight 1.415 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 90o, Nihawand mint, AH 522, 1128 A.D.; obverse legend within and around border of dots; reverse legend within and round border of dots; scarce; SOLD


Islamic, Great Seljuk, Muhammad Alp Arslan, as Governor in Herat, 1058 - 1063 A.D.

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Muhammad Alp Arslan's real name was Muhammad bin Dawud Chaghri, and for his military prowess, personal valor, and fighting skills he obtained the name Alp Arslan, which means "Heroic Lion" in Turkish.
SH70939. Gold dinar, Album K1670, VF, typical areas of flat strike, weight 3.089 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 45o, Herat mint, AH 452, 1060 - 1061 A.D.; ex CNG Auction 234, lot 593; very rare; SOLD




  




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