Islamic Coin Al-Abbasiya North Africa Mint Abbasid Silver Dirham Al-Mahdi 169 AH
Date: 169 AH or 786 AD.
Mint: Al-Abbasiya inn North Africa.
Size and weight: This is a dirham weighs ~2.6 grams and is ~25 mm in diameter.
References: It is Album #215.2, Wilkes 379, and is not listed in Al'Ush Catalog of Islamic coins preserved in the national museum of Qatar.
Condition: I would grade this coin as a fine or better. The coin has is difficult to read and the calligraphy shows wear. The coin ridges in the flan, which can be seen in the photos. It lightly toned and has a few scratches and minor bag marks in the field and shows wear to the high points, but has no losses. It is badly struck with the calligraphy being flattened and the letters flowing into each other making it hard to read. Be that as it may the coin is still nice, readable, and would make a good addition to your collection. Please note the coin itself is better than the photos suggest. Please see scan 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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