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Offline echizento

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Abbasid Empire Al-Saffah
« on: June 07, 2015, 03:43:05 AM »
Abbasid Empire
AR Dirham
in the name of Abdullah ibn Muhammad AS-Saffah
AH 132-136
Dated AH 135 (AD 753)
Al Kufa mint (Iraq)
Obverse legend: (Margin) In the name of God, this dirham was struck in al-kufa in the year five and thirty and one hundred. (Center) There is no diety except (the one) God alone. He has no equal.
Reverse legend:  (Margin) 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. (Center) Muhammad the Messenger of God.
25 mm x 2.59 grams
Album 211.
« Last Edit: June 14, 2015, 04:19:16 PM by THCoins »

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Re: Abbasid Empire Al-Saffah
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2015, 10:49:26 AM »
Nice coin with plenty of detail, echizento. Glad you got all the texts. Kufic is really hard to read, I find, though it has eye appeal. Your caliph is here. Kufa is here. At the time your coin was struck, Kufa was the capital of the Abbasid empire.

Peter
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Re: Abbasid Empire Al-Saffah
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2015, 04:10:11 PM »
As I understand it Kufa was the capital city of Iraq,  Baghdad was still only a small town at time.

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Re: Abbasid Empire Al-Saffah
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2015, 04:38:11 PM »
It was al-Saffah who made it the capital of the Ayyubid empire: under the previous dynasty the capital had been at Damascus.

Baghdad was developed very quickly by al-Mansur, starting in 762 H.

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Re: Abbasid Empire Al-Saffah
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2015, 04:51:33 PM »
Iraq hadn't been invented yet. Kufa was capital for a relatively short time only: 749-762. Your coin was struck in that period.

Peter
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