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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.

Byzantine - Islamic, Jordan or Northern Israel, "Jerash" Type Terracotta Lamp, c. 600 - 900 A.D.

|Oil| |Lamps|, |Byzantine| |-| |Islamic,| |Jordan| |or| |Northern| |Israel,| |"Jerash"| |Type| |Terracotta| |Lamp,| |c.| |600| |-| |900| |A.D.|
Jerash lamps were made in a the Gerasa Hippodrome Byzantine-era Workshop beginning under Byzantine rule after 500 A.D. They were more common in Transjordan the Umayyad Period and Abbasid Periods, and lasted until c. 900 A.D. Finds at Beit Shean indicate the type was also made there, but only until c. 700 A.D. The most unusual aspect of the type is a high vertical handle usually ends in three nodules that evoke an animals head and ears, leading to the handles being described as zoomorphic. Ina Kehrberg-Ostrasz noted, however, the nodules worked as carrying devices: one can hold the lamp horizontal by placing a thumb between the "ears" and wrapping two fingers around the "head." See our |Jerash |Lamps page in NumisWiki.
AL93906. Jerash oil lamp, cf. Anawati Collection C328; Adler type JOR.3, 974; Ostrasz 65 ff.; Warschaw 438, near Choice, but missing top of handle, earthen deposits, 9.9 cm (3 7/8") long, c. 600 - 900 A.D.; mold made, orange clay, double convex almond shaped body, sharp carination at edge, double rim around large ovoid filling hole, thin vertical raised ribs on shoulder, volute ended raised ribs and circles in center to fill hole on nozzle and from handle, on bottom raised lines forming cross divided by ring base at center, end of handle with nodules missing; $120.00 (110.40)

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
IS98874. Bronze fals, Album 1205.2, Mitchiner WOI 963, F, flan flaw (pit) on reverse, edge cracks, weight 5.642 g, maximum diameter 33.8 mm, die axis 135o, Konya(?) mint, AH 595 - 600; 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 margin, no mint named (as always); $90.00 (82.80)

Islamic, Artuqids of Mardin, Husam al-Din Timurtash, 516 - 547 A.H., 1122 - 1152 A.D.

|Islamic|, |Islamic,| |Artuqids| |of| |Mardin,| |Husam| |al-Din| |Timurtash,| |516| |-| |547| |A.H.,| |1122| |-| |1152| |A.D.||dirham|
Mardin is located in southeastern Turkey. The capital of Mardin Province, it is known for its Arab-style architecture, and for its strategic location on a rocky mountain overlooking the plains of northern Syria.

Album notes of this type, "the date and mint name Mardin are both usually too stylized to be legible." Spengler and Sayles note, "This scarce, strange coin type confused numismatic scholars for almost a century until Nicholas Lowick provided a cogent reading of its legends in 1974."
IS110192. Bronze dirham, Spengler-Sayles I 25, Album 1826.2 (R), Mitchiner WOI 1023, Hennequin BnF 938, Edhem 46, Butak 30, aVF, dark patina, red earthen deposits, tight flan with a ragged edge, weight 4.870 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 90o, Mardin mint, AH 542 or 543 (off flan), 1147 - 1149 A.D.; obverse Kufic legend: Billh li-darbihi bi-Mrd n f sanah thalath wa arba' n wa khamsami'a (by God, struck in Mardin, year five forty two [or three?]), Late Roman style bearded, diademed and draped bust right, pseudo Latin legend in fields before and behind; reverse Kufic legend: al-Amr al-'lim Husm al Din Malik al-umar Zahr amir al-mu'minn (The emir, the wise, Husam, the faithful prince of caliph Zahir), Kufic inscription in three lines: Timurtsh ibn / Il-Ghz ibn Artuq / al-malik al-'dil (Timurtash son of emir Artaq the just); first specimen of this type handled by FORVM; scarce; $90.00 (82.80)

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.||fals|
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.
IS112580. Bronze fals, cf. DOCAB 69; Walker BMC 67; Mitchiner WOI 9; Goodwin 14; Album p. 36, 3524, Choice F, well centered, highlighting earthen deposits, edge a little ragged, weight 4.090 g, maximum diameter 20.1 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 below; 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; from the Collection of Dr. Jregen Buschek; $70.00 (64.40)

The Early Islamic Architecture of the East African Coast, 1966, by Peter S. Garlake

|Antiquities| |Books|, |The| |Early| |Islamic| |Architecture| |of| |the| |East| |African| |Coast,| |1966,| |by| |Peter| |S.| |Garlake|
An exhaustive study of the distinctive architecture of the Muslim people of the Swahili coast, giving an account of the buildings when it was at it's height before the 16th century and tracing the later development of the architecture down to the middle of the 19th century.
BK18241. The Early Islamic Architecture of the East African Coast by Peter S. Garlake, ex library of Alex Malloy, hardcover, dust-cover wear and small tears, 207 pages, illustrated, with fold-out plats of buildings, international shipping at the actual cost of postage, when we listed online prices for this title ranged from $150 - $268; $40.00 (36.80)

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; $27.00 (24.84)

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; $4.00 (3.68)

Iran, Lot of 1 Silver and 2 Gold Coins

|Medieval| |&| |Modern| |Bulk| |Lots|, |Iran,| |Lot| |of| |1| |Silver| |and| |2| |Gold| |Coins||Lot|
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; SOLD

Islamic, Arab-Byzantine Coinage, Umayyad, Emesa (Homs), c. 650 A.D.

|Unofficial| |&| |Imitative|, |Islamic,| |Arab-Byzantine| |Coinage,| |Umayyad,| |Emesa| |(Homs),| |c.| |650| |A.D.||fals|
IS12580. Bronze fals, Walker 27 - 34 var, aVF, weight 4.319 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 180o, Emesa (Homs, Syria) mint, c. 650 A.D.; obverse combined Arabic and greek script, emperor standing facing, holding cruciform standard and globus cruciger; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, Δ below, blundered ANNO left, CIC right, Arabic script in ex; nice near black patina with red desert fill highlighting; SOLD

Islamic, Arab-Byzantine Coinage, Abdel Malek, Ma'Arrat Misrin, c. 670 - 690 A.D.

|Unofficial| |&| |Imitative|, |Islamic,| |Arab-Byzantine| |Coinage,| |Abdel| |Malek,| |Ma'Arrat| |Misrin,| |c.| |670| |-| |690| |A.D.||fals|
IS12581. Bronze fals, Walker -, F, weight 2.730 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 45o, Ma'Arrat Misrin? mint, c. 670 - 690 A.D.; obverse caliph standing, holding left on sword, Arabic script right; reverse transformed cross on four steps, Arabic script around; very rare; SOLD



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