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Islamic Coins

The first Islamic coins copied the coins of the Sassanians and Byzantines. The first changes were minor with only the addition of short phrases in Arabic and sometimes the addition of hijra dates. A reform by ʿAbd al-Malik changed the coinage drastically. The new coins, following the traditions of Islam had no images, only inscriptions in Arabic that assert the oneness of Allah and Muḥammad as His last Messenger. Nevertheless, there have been lots of coinages by Muslim rulers with images and inscriptions in other languages, and lots of coinages by non-Muslims that have Arabic inscriptions and no images.

Great Mongols, Genghis Khan (Chingiz Khan), 1206 - 1227 A.D.

|Islamic|, |Great| |Mongols,| |Genghis| |Khan| |(Chingiz| |Khan),| |1206| |-| |1227| |A.D.||jital|NEW
Although the Khan is not named on the obverse, Album notes, " This type is the only coin that is reasonably common and can be securely assigned to the lifetime of Genghis Kahn. The type is believed to have been struck 618-619 [AH] / 1221, during the Mongol chase of Mangubarni to the Indus River, when a Mongol military base was established at or near Ghazna."
IS93640. Billon jital, Tye Jitals 329, Album 1969, SICA 9 1008, aVF, porous, earthen deposits, off center, weight 4.160 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 180o, Ghazna (Ghazni, Afganistan) mint, undated, c. 1221 A.D.; obverse al-khaqan / al-'adil / al-a'zam (the Just Supreme Khan); reverse name and title of the Abbasid caliph al-Nasir; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $140.00 (€128.80)

Islamic, Ottoman Empire, Mehmet V, 27 April 1909 - 3 July 1918

|Turkey|, |Islamic,| |Ottoman| |Empire,| |Mehmet| |V,| |27| |April| |1909| |-| |3| |July| |1918||Lot|NEW
Mehmed V reigned as the 35th and penultimate Ottoman Sultan. He was the son of Sultan Abdulmejid I. He succeeded his brother Abdul Hamid II after the Young Turk revolution. He was succeeded by his half-brother Mehmed VI. His nine-year reign was marked by the cession of the Empire's North African territories and the Dodecanese Islands, including Rhodes, in the Italo-Turkish War, the traumatic loss of almost all of the Empire's European territories west of Constantinople (now Istanbul) in the First Balkan War, and the entry of the Ottoman Empire into World War I in 1914, which would ultimately lead to the Empire's end.
IS96529. Silver Lot, 3 coin lot, all Mehmet V, AH1327, Kosova city visit issues, rare: 10 piastres, 5 piastres and 2 piastres, $300.00 (€276.00)

Lot of 15 Islamic Silver Coins

|Islamic|, |Lot| |of| |15| |Islamic| |Silver| |Coins||Lot|NEW
ME97092. Silver Lot, unattributed; c. 1.5g, c. 16mm diameter, VF, the actual coins in the photograph, unattributed, no flips or tags, as-is, no returns; $260.00 (€239.20)

Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi A.L, Nadir Osmanli Madeni Paralari, No. 1 1972 and No. 8 1975

|Auction| |Catalogs|, |Yapi| |ve| |Kredi| |Bankasi| |A.L,| |Nadir| |Osmanli| |Madeni| |Paralari,| |No.| |1| |1972| |and| |No.| |8| |1975|
Istanbul, Structure and Credit Bank A.L, Rare Ottoman Coins, No. 1 1972, No. 8 1975.
BL23644. Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi A.L, Nadir Osmanli Madeni Paralari, No. 1 1972 and No. 8 1975, in Turkish, small booklet style, 35 total items with plates, cover age and wear; $5.00 (€4.60)

Byzantine Empire, Theme of Chaldia (Trebizond), Theodore Gabras, c. 1075 - 1126 A.D., In the Name of Alexius I

|Empire| |of| |Trebizond|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Theme| |of| |Chaldia| |(Trebizond),| |Theodore| |Gabras,| |c.| |1075| |-| |1126| |A.D.,| |In| |the| |Name| |of| |Alexius| |I||follis|
The general Theodore Gabras captured Trebizond and ruled it and the theme of Chaldia as a virtually autonomous state (c. 1081 - 1098). He was celebrated for his martial exploits, and was later venerated as a saint in the region. Following the dissolution of the Byzantine Empire by the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the region became the center of the new Empire of Trebizond which survived until falling to the Ottomans in 1461.
BZ95867. Bronze follis, Bendall Trebizond (NC 77), p. 133, issue 13B & pl. 7, 18; DOC IV p. 433, 13b; Schlumberger pl. ii, 5; Hendy -; Wroth BMC -; Ratto -, gF, overstruck on Michael IV follis, dark brown patina, obverse off center, light marks, weight 6.735 g, maximum diameter 26.3 mm, die axis 180o, Trebizond (Trabzon, Turkey) mint, c. 1092 - 1098 A.D.; obverse facing bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and himation, Gospels in right hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Ihsoús Xristós - Jesus Christ) across field; reverse Latin cross on three steps, a globule at the end of each arm, AΛBP (Greek: AΛεξιω Bασιλευϖ Pωμαιων - Alexius king of the Romans) in angles, Arab countermark 'Lillah" (For Allah); rare; $800.00 (€736.00)

A Survey of the Coinage of the Seljuqs of Rum

|Islamic|, |A| |Survey| |of| |the| |Coinage| |of| |the| |Seljuqs| |of| |Rum|
Special Publication No. 48. Edited and prepared for publication by Vlastimil Novak.
BK21968. A Survey of the Coinage of the Seljuqs of Rum, 2011 by Michael Broome, Royal Numismatic Society, London, hardcover, 400 pages, 62 plates, new, shelf-worn, international shipping at actual cost of shipping; $80.00 (€73.60) Out of Stock!

Islamic, Seljuqs of Rum, Suleiman (Sulayman) II b. Qilij Arslan, 1196 - 1204 A.D.

|Islamic|, |Islamic,| |Seljuqs| |of| |Rum,| |Suleiman| |(Sulayman)| |II| |b.| |Qilij| |Arslan,| |1196| |-| |1204| |A.D.||fals|
Suleiman ibn Qutulmish founded the Rum Sultanate, with its capital at Konya (Iconium to the Romans), after he defeated the Byzantine emperor Romanus IV in 1077 A.D. and overran much of Anatolia. "Rum" was the Persian name for Rome and the Seljuqs called Anatolia "Rum" because it was part of the Roman-Byzantine Empire for centuries. The Seljuks ruled in Anatolia independently until 1243, and thereafter until 1302 as vassals of the Mongol Ilkhans. It was the last surviving Seljuk territory.Seljuqs of Rum
ME89915. Bronze fals, Album 1205.2, Mitchiner WOI 963, F, brown tone with partial green patina, obverse a little off center, weight 7.629 g, maximum diameter 28.8 mm, die axis 270o, Konya(?) mint, AH 595, 1198 - 1199 A.D.; obverse nimbate horseman right, mace in right over shoulder, star behind; reverse Arabic inscription in three lines: al-sultan al-qahir / Suleiman Shah bin / Qilij Arslan; Arabic date (in the year 595) in margin, no mint named (as always); $135.00 (€124.20)

The Coinage of the Ayyubids

|Medieval| |&| |Modern| |Books|, |The| |Coinage| |of| |the| |Ayyubids|
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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; $32.00 (€29.44)


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