Ottoman dirhem 1(0)12, Ahmed I, Aleppo (Halab) mint

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1.94g, 18-20mm

I need your help for this coin. Could not find any information about this type at the moment. But I think it is clear that it is struck in Aleppo (حلب in the six edeged star). The year confuses me a bit, as i can only read 112 (١١٢). I have 5 more exact types like this one, all between 1.73 and 2.17 grams.
Thanks for mor information!:)


Here is an other type which I could identify as follows:
Dirhem, Sultan Ahmed I. (1603-1617), Struck 1012 Hijri in Aleppo, 2.52g
Obverse: ? احمد خان محمد مظفر دائماً ?
ضر ١٠١٢ ب


Can't help you much with the id - Zeno should be helpful.

However, I can tell you that the 6-pointed star is not the seal of Salomo in this case. It is a fairly common symbol in Islamic states that is philosophical, rather than religious. It is seen as two superimposed triangles that work much like yin and yang in East Asia: the opposites form the whole, you cannot know one without knowing the other. Think of opposites like hot and cold, spicy and bland, winter and summer, young and old, sweet and salty or man and woman.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.


The date of your 1st coin is likely 1012 too.
The toughra is to read as : "Sultan Ahmad bin sultan Muhammad khan (Mehmet III)"
as shown on this sketch :

" سلطن احمد بن سلطن محمد " (with " سلطان  " written " سلطن  " ?)
"All I know is that I know nothing" (Socrates)


An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.


Thank you both for your help and the information about the hexagram. Looked into Zeno and could find the same type. It is Zeno #102808 Ahmed I, struck in Aleppo in the year 1012. It seems that they used different numbers for the year. Sometimes 112, sometimes 1102 like #240646. As for Mehmet III. I could not find any hexagram type of his reign.