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Falus of Isma'il Shah I struck at Tabriz in 912 AH / 8,48g / rare coin with a nice black patina
This coin was sleeping without label for quite some time in a drawer... before I recently found an accurate reference in a paper of Lutz Ilisch (Research Center for Islamic Numismatics / Tübingen),with this comment :
"Shah Isma'il reintroduced the Sun & Lion device (in 912 AH) into iranian copper coinage, after a two hundred years period from which very few examples have been found".

ref : JC3D3 / Tübingen museum (fig.18 ) / dated 912 AH

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Re: Isma'il Shah I / early "Lion & Sun" Safavid copper of Tabriz mint
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2018, 10:16:02 AM »
Persian civic coppers were of local use and don't show the Shah's name; this coin which bears the king's name should be considered as a State coin.
It reads : " اسمعیل ضب تبرز  Isma'il zarb Tabriz" in a wavy central cartouche.

The Tübingen coin (in lower grade) shows a part of the date 912 at top, not visible here (or not present ?)
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Re: Isma'il Shah I / early "Lion & Sun" Safavid copper of Tabriz mint
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2018, 10:26:40 AM »
A really interesting and attractive type, the sun displayed quite differently to the usual or more common types we see. Most noticeable is how the engraver did the sun with a peak at the top, it must be the first coin featuring a solar flare!  :D
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Re: Isma'il Shah I / early "Lion & Sun" Safavid copper of Tabriz mint
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2018, 01:38:00 PM »
Most noticeable is how the engraver did the sun with a peak at the top, it must be the first coin featuring a solar flare!  :D
Yes, it's really an uncommon shape for the sun... the museum example shows the same peak but with straight sunrays and not wavy as here; however the whole designs obv & rev are the same.
It's the first and only copper coin with name of the 1st Safavid ruler that I have seen.
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Re: Isma'il Shah I / early "Lion & Sun" Safavid copper of Tabriz mint
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2021, 06:42:37 PM »
Here is the same coin differently centered.
Possibly from the same dies?
I have brightened the reverse on a second picture so that hopefully it can be better read.
Size: 20mm
Weight: 8.12gr

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Re: Isma'il Shah I / early "Lion & Sun" Safavid copper of Tabriz mint
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2021, 11:24:18 AM »
Good find Maudry  :applause:
Your coin is identical to mine : same type and could be well from same die as you suggest; the legend is slightly different from the Tübingen's coin.
For comparison : attached a photo of the Tübingen museum coin I referred to
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