Arab-Latin Coinage - Indiction III, Gold Solidus, 85-86 AH / 704-705 CE

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Arab-Latin gold solidus, 85-86 AH / 704-705 CE.


85-86 AH / 704-705 CE


Obverse field: RTERCIN. Obverse margin: DSETRNSDSMAGNOMKTER {= "DeuS ETeRNuS DeuS MaGNuS DeuS OMnia KreaToR"} ("God the Eternal, God the Mighty, God the Creator of All").

Reverse field: CINDIII. Reverse margin: INNDINMSRCSLFERINAFRC {= "IN Nomine DomINi MiSeRiCordis SoLidus FERitus IN AFRiCa") ("In the name of the Lord, the Merciful. Solidus made in Africa").


Weight = 4.29 gm. The obverse field RTERCIN is a retrograde field legend of a variation of inscription NICRETR, i.e., "omNIum CREaToR", i.e., "Creator of All". The reverse field indicates the date, which in this case is Indiction III.[1]


The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, London (UK).[2]

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[1] J. Walker, A Catalogue Of The Arab-Byzantine And Post-Reform Umaiyad Coins, 1956, The Trustees Of The British Museum, p. 71, No. 179.

[2] T. Jonson, "The Earliest Dated Islamic Solidi Of North Africa" in T. Goodwin, (Ed.), Arab-Byzantine Coins And History, Papers Presented At The Seventh Century Syrian Numismatic Round Table Held At Corpus Christi College, Oxford on 10th and 11th September 2011, 2012, London, pp. 157-167.

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