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A corpus in three volumes covering about 1845 mint names, mint inscriptions, minting years of gold, silver and copper issues; (also ephemeral mints that seem to exist but actually do not), an index of Islamic Dynasties, another of Islamic States. "For those with a serious commitment to Islamic coin collecting or numismatics, with money to spare for the price, and a sturdy bookshelf with at least one foot vertical clearance, this set is essential. I'm glad to have a copy and expect to use it often." -- Michael L. Bates, Curator Emeritus of Islamic Coins, American Numismatic Society, from posting in Islamic Numismatics Group, 2/11/09BK13700. Islamic Mints, Volumes 1-3 by Omer Diler, Spink 2009, In Turkish and English, 1793 pages, 8 color maps, softcover, international shipping at the actual cost of postage; $270.00 (€229.50)
Iran, Lot of 1 Silver and 2 Gold Coins
Lot includes the following three coins: - Gold (AV) quarter toman of Ahmad Shah, dated AH 1335. - Gold (AV) quarter phalavi of Muhammad Reza Shah, dated MS 2535, struck with clashed obverse die. - Silver (AR) 5000 dinars of Muzzafar al-Din Shah, dated AH 1320, toned. LT85379. Mixed Lot, Lot of one silver and two gold coins from Iran, the actual coins in the photograph, no tags or flips, bulk lot, as-is, no returns; $260.00 (€221.00)
Kingdom of Sicily, Henry VI (HRE), 1194 - 1197
Henry VI was King of Germany from 1190 - 1197, Holy Roman Emperor from 1191 - 1197, and King of Sicily from 1194 - 1197. In 1197, his German soldiers mercilessly suppressed a revolt in Italy, especially in southern Sicily. In this same year, Henry prepared for a Crusade, but, on 28 September, he died of malaria (or he may have been poisoned) in Messina. His son, Frederick II, inherited both the Kingdom of Sicily and the Imperial crown.ME72172. Billondirham fraction, Biaggi 1780 (R2), Spahr 2 (RR); MIR Sicily 457 (R); MEC Italy III, 477, VF, typical tight flan, slightly off-center, weight 0.944 g, maximum diameter 10.1 mm, die axis 0o, Palermo mint, 1194 - 1195; obverse Arabic legend in Nashki script: Harir / quaysar / aughust (HenryCaesarAugustus); reverse + / Z REX / SICI +; rare; $90.00 (€76.50)
Islamic, Seljuqs Sultanate of Rum, Ghiyath al-Din Kay Khusraw II bin Kay Qubadh, 1237 - 1246 A.D.
The source and meaning of this sun and lion design is uncertain but there is a popular (although unlikely) explanation. The sultan was madly in love with his beautiful Georgian wife and wanted to put her portrait on his coins. His advisors disapproved, however, so he put his wife's horoscope on his coins instead - the Sun in Leo. The Ilkhan descendants of the Mongols copied this design on a copper fals nearly a hundred years later. After that it became a popular device with which to ornament the copper coins of eastern Anatolia, and particularly Iran where it eventually became the country’s national symbol. IS88011. Silver dirhem, Izmirlier 457, Mitchiner 982 var. (no crescent), Album 1218, VF, light golden toning, slightly off center on a tight flan, weight 2.867 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 270o, Siwas (Sivas, Turkey) mint, AH 638; obverse al-imam al-mustansir billah amir al-mu’minin (the Imam al-Mustansir, Commander of the Faithful), sun in radiance (the sun in Leo) above lionpassant to right, crescent over star to left of sun, star below lion, pellet below raised left foreleg; reverse in central square: al-sultan / al-a'zam / kaykhusraw / ibn kayqubad (the Supreme Sultan Kaykhusraw ibn Kayqubad); above: (duriba) hadha'l-dirham; right: sittmi'a (this dirham was struck in Siwas, in the year 38, six hundred); below: fi sana arb‘in ; ex Specialty Stamp and Coin, Champagne, IL (2002); scarce variety; $90.00 (€76.50) ON RESERVE
Crusaders(?), Imitative of Zangids of Syria, c. 1146 - 1200 A.D.,
This coin is a crude imitative of an Islamic fals of the Zangids of Syria, Nur al-Din Mahmud, struck at Halab (Aleppo, Syria), 1146 - 1173 (Spengler-Sayles 73, Album 1850). That type was itself also imitative, copying a Byzantinefollis of Constantine X, struck at Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey), 1059 - 1067 (DOC III 8, SBCV 1853). The quality of the Zangids fals vary greatly and it can be difficult to distinguish between Halab mint issues and imitatives. This example is very crude and if any can be attributed to the crusaders, this is one.BZ77974. Bronze follis, Malloy Crusaders -; cf. Spengler-Sayles 73 (notes "barbaric" imitations), Album 1850 (notes imitations are perhaps struck by the Crusaders), F, desert patina, tight flan, weight 2.798 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain mint, c. 1150 - 1200 A.D.; obverse two Byzantinestyle imperial figures (Constantine X and Eudocia) standing facing, supporting between them labarum resting on three steps, EX downward on left, imitation of Kuficlegend inner left; reverse Christ standing facing, nimbate, book of Gospels in left hand, right hand on hip, IC - XC flanking head, blundered imitation of legend around; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; $70.00 (€59.50)
Islamic, Rasulid Imams of Yemen, al-Mujahid Sayf al din 'Ali, 721 - 764 AH, 1322 - 1363 A.D.
A local legend in Yemen states that Aden may be as old as human history itself. Some also believe that Cain and Abel are buried somewhere in the city. Persians formed the majority of Aden's population in the 10th century. From the 14th century, Aden was popular trading port attracting sailors and merchants from Egypt, Sindh, Gujarat, Africa and even China. In 1421, China's Ming dynasty emperor ordered his envoys to board sail from Sumatra to Aden. to convey an imperial edict with hats and robes to bestow on the king of Aden. This event was recorded in the book Yingyai Shenglan by Ma Huan who accompanied the imperial envoy. Aden was ruled by the Portuguese between 1513–1538 and 1547–1548. It was ruled by the Ottoman Empire between 1538–1547 and 1548–1645.IS88081. Silver dirham, Album 1108.3; SICA 10 44; Mitchiner WOI -, VF, the usual weak struck and obscure inscriptions, weight 1.814 g, maximum diameter 28.6 mm, Adan (Aden, Yemen) mint, probably dated AH 747 (A.D. 1346/7); obverse two fish in hexafoil (Adan pictorial mintmark), Arabic inscription around; reverse Arabic inscription; scarce; $60.00 (€51.00)
The Coinage of the Ayyubids
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