Author Topic: The Fatimid Caliphate, al-Zahir, AH 414, Gold Dinar, al-Mahdiyah mint 411-427 AH  (Read 150 times)

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The Fatimid Caliphate, Abu’l-Hasan ‘Ali al-Zahir li-I‘zaz Din Allah, AH 414 (1023 AD), Gold Dinar, al-Mahdiyah mint (411-427 AH/1021-1036 AD)
Weight 4.12 gm
Diameter 23 mm
Mint al-Mahdiyah
Metal Gold
Obverse:
Center Field
Muhammad Rasul Allah / ‘Ali wali Allah
محمد رسول الله \ علي ولي الله
“Muhammad is the messenger of God, Ali is the chosen one of God”,
Inner margin
la ilah illa / Allah wahdahu / la sharik lahu
لا اله الا \ الله وحده \ لا شريك له
“No god but God, unique, he has no associate”
Outer margin
Muhammad rasul Allah arsalahu bi’l-huda wa din al-haqq li-yuzhirahu ‘ala al-din kullihi wa law kariha al-mushrikun
محمد رسول الله أرسله بالهدى ودين الحق ليظهره على الدين كله ولو كره المشركون
“Muhammad is the messenger of God who sent him with guidance and the religion of truth that he might make it supreme over all other religions, even though the polytheists may detest it.”
Sura 9 (al-Tawba), v. 33
Reverse:
Center Field
al-Zahir li-i‘zaz din Allah Amir al-Mu’minin
الظاهر لأعزاز دين الله أمير المؤمنين
“al-Zahir li-I‘zaz Din Allah, Commander of the Faithful”
Inner margin
‘Abd Allah wa waliyuhu ‘Ali Abu’l-Hasan al-Imam
عبد الله ووليه علي ابو الحسن الامام
“Servant of God and his associate ‘Ali Abu’l-Hasan the Imam”
Outer margin
bism Allah duriba hadha’l-dinar bi al-Mahdiyah sana arbaa ‘ashr wa arba‘mi’a
بسم الله ضرب هذا الدينار بالمهديه سنه اربع عشر واربعمائه
“In the name of God, this dinar was struck in al-Mahdiyah in the year fourteen and four hundred”

Maythem


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Offline THCoins

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Very nice aquisition Maythem !
It is readily recognizeable as typical Fatimid in style with the double margin texts. A very decorative piece !

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Thank you Anthony, one of the nicest gold coins that I have; considering it is almost 1000 years old and is still in good shape.

Maythem
Coin collecting has a curious name. It is also called the "Hobby of Kings".

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What a great job you have done with this little jewel, Maythem. Thank you for posting it and making it accessible for students of coins with Arabic script, but also for showing the wealth and ingenuity that existed already as early as the Fatimid Caliphate.

Peter
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Thank you Peter.

Maythem
Coin collecting has a curious name. It is also called the "Hobby of Kings".