Anonymous Arab-Sassanian Coinage Of Syrian Origin From The Time OfʿAbd al-Malik, 73 AH / 692 CE

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Anonymous Arab-Sassanian coin issued during the reign of ‘Abd al-Malik, minted in 73 AH.


73 AH / 692 CE.


Obverse field: Typical late Arab-Sassanian bust with the name of the Khusrow II in Pahlavi to the right of the bust. Obverse margin: bism Allāh / lā-ilaha il-Allāh wa / ḥdahu Muḥammad ra / sūl Allāh ("In the name of God. There is no god but God alone. Muḥammad is the messenger of God").

Reverse field: Typical Arab-Sassanian fire-altar with attendants, with mint written in Arabic (Damascus) to the left and to the right the date in Arabic (73 AH), three circles around and crescents with stars to the four sides and an extra outer circle around.


Weight = 3.69 gms.

This is an extremely rare coin and marks the initial steps of ʿAbd al-Malik's monetary reforms in Damascus. Compare it with a coin from 72 AH and the reformed coinage of ʿAbd al-Malik.


Not known. Sold in an auction in Germany.

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