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The Lugdunum Sale 15  -  06.03.2019 18:00
Coins and Medals

Lot 16
Time of Hârûn ar-Rashîd, 171-193 AH (786-809 AD). Dinar 171 AH, no mint (al-Basra or al-Yamâma). 4.26 g. With the name Muhammad below the rev. field. Lowick/Savage -; Kazan -; Bernardi -. GOLD. Of the highest rarity. Probably only three to four specimens known.

Extremely fine
; ISLAMIC COINS; ABBASSID CALIPHS; diverse
; ISLAMIC COINS; ABBASSID CALIPHS; misc


At the beginning of his caliphate Hârûn ar-Rashîd introduced a reform by which the gold coinage, which may have been struck in several mints already during his fathers caliphate, became discernable through the addition of governors names. The only Muhammad with the position of a provincial governor in 171 H./787-788 AD was, according to Ibn al-Athîr, al-Kâmil, Beirut ed., vol VII p. 109 the Abbâsid Muhammad ibn Sulaymân ibn Alî, governor of the provinces around the gulf al-Basra, Bahrayn, al-Yamâma, Umân, al-Ahwâz and Fârs, of which al-Basra and al-Yamâma had mints at the period. A first specimen of this type was found 1997 for the Tübingen collection.
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