Shiite medal or token with portrait of 'Ali

Started by saro, April 01, 2023, 02:33:49 PM

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saro

Nickel silver with traces of gilding / diam. 20mm
obverse : portrait of 'Ali as seen on these tokens previously posted.
reverse : "Allah Muhammad  'Ali  Fatimah  Hassan  Hussein"
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krishna

Wow, dosen't it go against the tenents of islam i.e. not to portray a living being as devine and against idol worship

saro

see this Saudi riyal (2016) with king's portrait..
i riyal portrait 2016.JPG
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krishna

Quote from: saro on April 01, 2023, 08:24:15 PMsee this Saudi riyal (2016) with king's portrait..
i riyal portrait 2016.JPG
But the king has not been deified

The image of ali is deified, which may not be appropriate according to their customs

However my writing here is to point out an anomaly, i am nobody to judge the appropriateness, every one has the right to do anything which pleases them, preferably without infringing other's liberty

saro

This is an interesting question that arises too about the multitude of animal or human representations on Persian civic coins.
This wikipedia article on "Aniconism in Islam" gives some clear explainations.
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krishna

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The coins depicting zodiac signs issued by the mughal emperor Jahangir, were melted down as they did not serve well with the clergy. Since then, rarely one can see such adventure in coins issued by islamic rulers (except coat of arms depicting animals)

Thus such a coin in good conditions sells easily for $5000+++