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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Medieval & Modern Coins| > |Islamic| > IS92031
Islamic, Umayyad, Arab Pseudo-Byzantine, Bilad al-Sham (Greater Syria), c. 658 - 693 A.D.
|Islamic|, |Islamic,| |Umayyad,| |Arab| |Pseudo-Byzantine,| |Bilad| |al-Sham| |(Greater| |Syria),| |c.| |658| |-| |693| |A.D.|, The first Islamic coins were imitations of Byzantine and Sasanian types. This bust on the obverse is the Christian Byzantine emperor and the m on the reverse is the Byzantine mark of value for 40 nummi.
IS92031. Bronze fals, cf. DOCAB 69; Walker BMC 67; Mitchiner WOI 9; Goodwin 14; Album p. 36, 3524, gF, well centered on a broad flan, brown tone with buff earthen highlighting, uneven strike with weak areas, Emesa (Homs, Syria) mint, weight 4.346g, maximum diameter 21.4mm, die axis 180o, c. 658 - 693 A.D.; obverse bust of emperor, beardless, facing, wearing crown and chlamys, globus cruciger in right, Greek inscription KAΛON (good) on left, Arabic script bi-hims (good in Hims) on right, star following; reverse large m (40 nummi), star above flanked on each side by a plain annulet, Greek inscription flanking m: E/M/I-C/H/C (mint name Emises) flanking, Arabic script tayyib (good) in exergue; SOLD










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