Islamic Coin Ifriqiya Abbasid Silver Dirham al-Mahdi Harun al-Rashid Heir 165 AH
Date: 165 AH or 782 AD.
Mint: Ifriqiya or Northern Africa (Tunisia).
Size and weight: This is a dirham weighs ~2.8 grams and is ~23 mm in diameter.
References: It is Album #215.1, and listed in Al'Ush Catalog of Islamic coins preserved in the national museum of Qatar as #1502. It is also listed in Wilkes as 379.
Condition: I would grade this coin as very fine. The coin has readable calligraphy with some discoloration along the edges on both sides. The coin has a wavy flan and shows the mark from a cracked die on the obverse starting at 6:00 O'clock. It also has a few scratches and minor bag marks in the field and shows wear to the high points, but has no losses. Be that as it may, this is a scarce coin, is very nice, and would make a great addition to your collection. Please note the coin itself is better than the photos show with defined and legible calligraphy. 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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