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Cairo Egypt Islamic Coin Abbasid Gold Dinar Al-Mamun al-Maghrib Tahir & al-Sarry

  • $ 577.77

Description: Gold Dinar from Al-Ma'mun, who ruled the Muslim empire in the period 194-218 AH (810 - 833 AD). Al-Ma'mun is the son of Harun al-Rashid and is the seventh caliph of the Abbasid dynasty. He usurped his brother al-Amin to become the Caliph. His full name being Abu Jafar Abdul Allah al-Ma'mun. This is a gold dinar, weighs ~4.05 grams and is ~17 mm in diameter. The coin shows the date of minting as 204 AH and shows the mint name as Misr (al-Fustat on the outskirts of Cairo the current capital of Egypt). The obverse of the coin has the words "La Illaha ell Allah, Wahduh la Sharik Lah al-Maghrib" in the center with al-Magjrib referring to the west as in west of Iraq and specifically Egypt. It also has the verse "Muhammad Rasul Allah, arsaluh bil huda wa din al haq liazharuh 'al al din kulh" along the edge. The reverse shows the date of minting and the mint along the edge and has the words "Lallah Tahir(chief general under al-Ma'mun)" above the legend "Muhammad Rasul Allah" in the center with the word al-Sarry (the governor of Egypt at the time) below it. Please note the coin is better than the photos suggest with well-defined and legible calligraphy. A scarce coin worthy of a spot inn your collection. Please carefully review the images presented as they part and parcel of our description.

Date: 204 AH or 819 AD.

Mint: Misr or al-Fustat on the outskirts of Cairo the current capital of Egypt.

Size and Weight: This is a dinar weighs ~4.05 grams and is ~17 mm in diameter.

References: It is Album #222.7, is similar to #1141 in Al'Ush Catalog of Islamic coins preserved in the national museum of Qatar for the year 205H, and similar to #560 in Lane Poole's Catalogue of Islamic Coins Preserved in the Khedivial Collection in Cairo Egypt for 203H.

Condition: The coin is date 204 AH or 819 AD. I would grade this coin as nice fine or better. The coin has very readable calligraphy with well centered strike. The coin is a bit off-round. The coin shows general wear, some soiling and has scratches in the field all of which can be seen in the photos. Be that as it may the coin is fine looking and of good quality. This is a rather scarce coin for this date and would make a great addition to your collection. Please note the coin itself is much better than the photos suggest. Please see photos for additional condition information.

Historic Perspective: Abbasid is an Arabic ruling dynasty, originally based in Madinat al-Salam (current day Baghdad) that expanded the Muslim empire and lasted from 750 Ad to 1258 AD. It was named for al-Abbas (566?-652), paternal uncle of the prophet Muhammad. ). Al-Safah leaded the revolt against the Umayyad established and became the first Abbasid Caliph upon the overthrow of the Umayyad caliph in 132 AH / 749 AD. During the first century of the Abbasid rule the empire experienced a time of unprecedented cultural, artistic and economic development, particularly during the reigns of Harun al-Rashid (786-809) and his son al-Ma?mun (813-833).

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