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Islamic Coin Madinat al-Salam Baghdad Iraq Abbasid Silver Dirham Al-Hadi 169 AH

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Description: Islamic silver dirham from the reign of Al-Hadi, who ruled the Muslim empire in the period 169-170 AH (785 - 786 AD). Al-Hadi the fourth caliph of the Abbasid dynasty. His full name being Abu Muhammed Musa ibn al-Mahdi. This is a dirham, weighs ~2.2 grams and measures ~23 mm by ~22 mm (it is off round-It has been slightly clipped). The coin shows the date of minting as 169 AH and the mint as Madinat al-Salam or current day Baghdad the capital of current day Iraq. The obverse of the coin has the words "Muhammad Rasul Allah Sula Allah 'Alihe Wa Salam; al-Khalifa al-Hadi" with the letters "Beh Reh" above it and the letters "'Ayn Yeh" below it in the center (Al-Ush speculates that this spells the name of an unknown person "Buraa'y"). The obverse also has the verse "Muhammad Rasul Allah, arsaluh bil huda wa din al haq liazharuh 'al al din kulh walaw karah al mushrikon". The reverse shows the name of the mint and the date in a circle along the edge. It also has the words "La Illaha ella Allah, Wahduh la Sharik Lah" in the center. Please note the coin is much better than the photos suggest with nicely defined and legible calligraphy. Please carefully review the images presented as they part and parcel of our description.

Date: 169 AH or 785 AD.

Mint: Madinat al-Salam or current day Baghdad the capital of current day Iraq.

Size and Weight: This is a dirham weighs ~2.2 grams and is off round measuring ~23 by ~22 mm.

References: It is Album #217.2, and listed in Al'Ush Catalog of Islamic coins preserved in the national museum of Qatar as #1572. It is also listed in Wilkes as 381.

Condition: I would grade this coin as very fine. The coin has readable calligraphy and is heavily toned. The coin is also slightly clipped and as such is off-round in shape, this resulted in loss of some of the verse along the edge of the obverse. It has dark toning throughout. It also has scratches and bag marks in the field and shows wear to throughout. Be that as it may the coin, which is rather scarce, is still a nice example and would make a great addition to your collection. Please note the coin itself is much better than the photos show with 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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