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Lot of 15 Islamic Silver Coins, c. 1100 - 1400 A.D.

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Includes nine sun and lion types. 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.
LT88852. Silver Lot, Lot of 15 silver Islamic dirhem, aVF, nice coins!, weight c. 2.96 g, c. 1100 - 1400 A.D.; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 72, lot 1072; the actual coins in the photograph, no flips or tags, bulk lot, as-is, no returns; $680.00 (598.40)


Islamic Mints, Volumes 1 - 3

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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, 2/11/09
BK13700. 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 (237.60)


Islamic, Tabarestan, Abbasid Governor Sa'id ibn Da'laj Suleiman Mukatil, 787 - 789 A.D.

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Tabaristan, on the Southern coasts of Caspian sea, roughly corresponded to the modern Iranian provinces of Mazandaran, Golestan and northern Semnan. It was one of the last parts of Persia to fall to the Muslim Conquest, maintaining resistance until 761. Even afterward, Tabaristan remained virtually independent of the Caliphate. This type was struck on the standard of a Sasanian half-drachm but is referred to as a dirham by contemporary references. The diamond head replaced the emperor's head to honor the Islamic faith, which forbids graven human images.
IS89686. Silver dirham, Arab-Sasanian type; Walker BMC I, p. 145, B.43; Album 65; cf. SIC Ashmolean 434 (year 137); Mitchiner WOI 280 (same), VF, well centered on a broad flan, some porosity, small edge cracks, weight 1.494 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 345o, Tabaristan mint, 787 - 788 A.D.; obverse Sasanian style bust wearing winged crown but face replace by diamond enclosing Kufic bakh (bravo), Pahlavi "strong" and "splendor" left, Kufic name "sulayman" right, Pahlavi "excellent" and "good" with stars and crescents outside border; reverse fire altar with two attendants, tiny stars flanking the flame, Pahlavi SHSHIVST (year 136 of the Post-Yazdegard Era) on left and Pahlavi TPURSTAN (mint) on right; stars, crescents and groups of pellets outside triple border; ex Beast Coins; rare year; $160.00 (140.80)


Islamic, Arab-Sasanian, Abbasid Province of Tabaristan, Anonymous, 786 - 787 A.D.

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Tabaristan was one of the last parts of Persia to fall to the Muslim Conquest, maintaining resistance until 761, when local rulers became vassals of the Abassid Caliphate. Even after this, Tabaristan remained largely independent of direct control of the Caliphate, and underwent numerous power struggles and rebellions.
IS89693. Silver hemidrachm, SICA I 431, Album 73, EF, some mint luster, areas of weak strike, weight 1.953 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 0o, Tabaristan mint, Post-Yazdgerd era year 136, 170 H, 786 - 787 A.D.; obverse Pahlavi left: GDH (spendor); Pahlavi right: AFZWT (strong, replaces governors name); Pahlavi in margin left to right: pd (excellent), nwk' (good), bust with winged crown in the style of the Sasanian king Khusru II, pellets flanking crown within border, four pellets on chest (top pellet on collar), star above crescent on shoulders, three crescents with star within in margin; reverse Pahlavi left: date (year 136), Pahlavi right: Tpwlst'n (Tabaristan), fire altar flanked by two stylized attendants, flame flanked by two pellets, triple circle border, four crescents with star and four groups of three pellets outside; ex Beast Coins; $120.00 (105.60)


Islamic, Seljuqs of Rum, Rukn al-din Suleiman II, as Malik (Prince), 1186 - 1197 A.D., AH 582 - 593

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This type was issued by Sulayman II shortly after the death of his father Qilich Arslan II, when he was still a Malik (prince). In 1196 A.D., Sulayman II expelled his brother Kay Khusraw and became the sole ruler of the Rum Sultanate.
IS91999. Silvered dirham, Broome 39B(iii), Album 1205.1, BMC Oriental III 105, Mitchiner WOI -, VF, silvered, areas of minor weakness, weight 6.949 g, maximum diameter 28.1 mm, die axis 45o, uncertain (Tokat?) mint, undated, struck as Malik (prince); obverse horseman right, nimbate head facing, mace in right hand over right shoulder, six pointed star upper left; reverse inscription in three lines, ornamental symbol above; ex Sayles & Lavender; $100.00 (88.00)


Normans, Kingdom of Sicily, William II, 1166 - 1189 A.D.

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Secluded and pleasure-loving, William II, the Good, seldom emerged from his palace life at Palermo. Yet his reign was marked by an ambitious foreign policy and vigorous diplomacy. Champion of the papacy and in secret league with the Lombard cities he was able to defy the common enemy, Frederick I Barbarossa.
CR92123. Bronze follaro, MEC Italy III 432, Spahr 118, Biaggi 1232, VF, tight flan, light deposits, areas of corrosion, weight 2.175 g, maximum diameter 12.8 mm, die axis 0o, Messina mint, 1166 - 1189 A.D.; obverse facing lion head; reverse Arabic inscription "al-malik / Ghulyalim / al-thani" (King William 2nd); $60.00 (52.80)


Islamic, Rasulid Imams of Yemen, al-Mujahid Sayf al din 'Ali, 721 - 764 AH, 1322 - 1363 A.D.

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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 15131538 and 15471548. It was ruled by the Ottoman Empire between 15381547 and 15481645.
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; $50.00 (44.00)


Islamic, Umayyad, Arab Pseudo-Byzantine, Bilad al-Sham (Greater Syria), c. 658 - 693 A.D.

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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, weight 4.346 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 180o, Emesa (Homs, Syria) mint, 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; $50.00 SALE |PRICE| $45.00 ON RESERVE


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 (28.16)







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