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Coin - Dirham, Caliph al-Walid I, Umayyad Caliphate,708-709 AD Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33664

Dihram coin issued by Al-Walid ibn Abd al-Malik (Al-Walid I )
Struck at the Aradashir-Khurrat mint (Firuzabad near Shiraz in Iran) in the year AH 90 (709 AD)
Note: the mint name has also been given as Ardesheer Khurrah and Ardashir-Khurra
Statement Of Significance:
The coinage reform which led to the issue of this coin began in 77 AH (696-697 AD) under the Umayyad Caliph 'Abd al-Malik. It removed all symbolism associated with Byzantine or Sassanian rule. Instead a purely inscriptional coin-type, giving in Arabic ( script and language) the Muslim confession of faith, and various Qur'anic verses were employed.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 26 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 2.87 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Umayyad Caliphate - Farsistan
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 90 AH
Denomination: Dirham
Obverse Description: At centre Arabic legend in three lines (translation: There is no deity except God alone He has no equal); around Arabic legend (translation: In the name of God. This Dirham was struck in Dimashk in the year nine and eighty - source: http://islamiccoins.ancients.info/umayyads/readingumayyadcoins.htm)
Reverse Description: At centre within a ciircle of dots Arabic legend in four lines (translation: God is one God the eternal and indivisible who has not begotten and has not been begotten and never is there His equal ); around Arabic legend (translation: Muhammad is the messenger of God He sent him with guidance and the true religion to reveal it to all religions even if the polytheists abhor it - source: http://islamiccoins.ancients.info/umayyads/readingumayyadcoins.htm)
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: al-Walid I, Farsistan, Ummayyad Caliphate
Mint: Firuzabad (Mint)
References: BMC.44
  1. [Book], Stanley Poole - British Museum Coins and Medals, Catalogue of Oriental Coins in the British Museum, London, 1875, 8 Pages

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