Arab-Latin Coinage - Half Solidus, 85-95 AH / 704-715 CE

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Arab-Latin half solidus, 85-95 AH / 704-715 CE.


85-95 AH / 704-715 CE.


Obverse field: SOMNC {= "SOMNium Creator"} ("God the Creator of all"). Obverse margin: DSETRNSDSMGNSDSOID {= "DeuS ETeRNuS DeuS MaGNuS DeuS OmnIum Deus"} ("God the Eternal, God the Mighty, God the Omniscient").

Reverse field: A globe on top of a column with a base of three steps. Reverse margin: INNDINMSRCSLFERINAFRC {= "IN Nomine DomINi MiSeRiCordis SoLidus FERitus IN AFRiCa") ("In the name of the Lord, the Merciful. Solidus made in Africa").


Weight = 2.17 gm. Known as gold semissis / half solidus / nisf dinār, this was minted in Africa (Ifriqiya).[1] An earlier variation of this coin shows the busts of Emperor Heraclius and his son Heraclius Constantine.


The David Collection, Copenhagen (Denmark).

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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. 64, No. 168.

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