Coin Weight Of The Umayyad Governor Al-Ḥajjāj Ibn Yūsuf, c. 75 AH / 695 CE

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(a) Picture of the coin weight issued by al-Hajjāj ibn Yūsuf. (b) The epigraphic content.


c. 75 AH / 695 CE.


Obverse field: In the name of God. Amīr al-Ḥajjāj ibn Yūsuf ordained Honesty. This is the measure of six [mithqāls].

Reverse field: [six dots indicating the measure] In the name of God. Equity.


This is a unique coin weight in bronze was issued by the authority of the Umayyad governor al-Ḥajjāj ibn Yūsuf. Walker identified it as a weight of six mithqāls (= six dīnārs, in modern terms 25.5 gms). It weighs 25.14 gms, very close to Walker's suggested six mithqāls. He himself expressed surprise at the small discrepancy of only 0.36 gms, which he ascribed to the partial damage and to corrosion.


British Museum, London.

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[1] J. Walker, "Some Recent Oriental Coin Acquisitions Of The British Museum", The Numismatic Chronicle And Journal Of The Royal Numismatic Society, 1935, Volume 15 (Fifth Series), pp. 246-248, pl. XVIII:4.

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