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Lot of 15 Islamic Silver Coins, c. 1100 - 1400 A.D.
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; $780.00 (€686.40)
Islamic Mints, Volumes 1 - 3
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 (€237.60)
Islamic, Abbasid, Al Mahdi, 158 - 169 AH, 775 - 785 A.D.
During the reign of Abu Abdallah Muhammad ibn Abdallah al-Mansur, the third Abbasid Caliph, better known by his regnal name al-Mahdi ("he who is guided by God"), the cosmopolitan city of Baghdad blossomed, attracting immigrants from Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Persia, and lands as far away as Afghanistan and Spain. Baghdad was home to Christians, Jews, Hindus and Zoroastrians, in addition to the growing Muslim population. It became the world's largest city. Many musicians and poets received his patronage. The introduction of paper from China in 751 was a vital element in the efficient growth of the Abbasid bureaucracy. Al-Mahdi expanded the Abbasid administration, creating new departments for the army, the chancery, and taxation. Qadis or judges were appointed, and laws against non-Arabs were dropped. He was poisoned by one of his concubines in 785 A.D. IS91166. Silver dirham, Album 215.1, Walker BMC 125, cf. Mitchiner WOI 159 (161 AH), VF, weight 2.928 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 0o, Madinat al-Salam (Baghdad) mint, 160 AH, 776 - 777 A.D.; obverse Kufic inscriptions: There is no deity except / God alone / He has no equal (in center); In the name of God. This dirham was struck in mint name and date (in margin); reverse Kufic inscriptions: Muhammad the Messenger / of God, God's Prayer / and Salutations upon him / The Caliph al-Mahdi (in center); Muhammad is the messenger of God. He sent him with guidance and the true religion to reveal it to all religions even if the polytheists abhor it (in margins); scarce; $85.00 (€74.80)
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. Billon dirham 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 (Henry Caesar Augustus); reverse + / Z REX / SICI +; rare; $80.00 (€70.40)
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; $50.00 (€44.00)
The Coinage of the Ayyubids
Please note that for orders shipped outside the USA, the shopping cart shipping charges may be too low if you order larger heavy books. We may ask for additional payment to cover the actual cost of postage. If the actual cost of postage is too high, we will understand if you cancel the order.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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