Abbasid Silver Dirham Uncertain Mint Al-Muhammadiya or Al-Basra Al-Mansur Dirham 158 AH / 775 AD Good Fine to Very Fine
Date: 158 AH or 775 AD.
Mint: Uncertain, but most likely al-Mohammadiya.
Size and weight: This is a dirham weighs 2.8 grams and is ~24 mm in diameter.
References: It is Album #213.1 but is not listed in Al'Ush Catalog of Islamic coins preserved in the national museum of Qatar and not listed in Lane Poole's Catalogue of Islamic Coins Preserved in the Khedivial Collection in Cairo Egypt.
Condition: For international buyers, please note that the new US postal rates for overseas shipping are very high and we are unable to change them. Additional charges will be incurred depending on the value of the item. Please check the cost of shipping before bidding. I would grade this coin as a good fine to very fine. The coin has very readable calligraphy and light toning. The coin shows general wear, has a few nicks in the field which can be seen in the photos, has no appreciable losses, and has a few scratches. Be that as it may the coin is very fine and would make a great addition to your collection. Please note the coin itself is much better than the photos shows with very well defined and legible calligraphy. A definite quality coin.
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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