A Glass Half Dīnār Weight In The Name Of Caliph ʿAbd Al-Malik Ibn Marwān, 65-86 AH / 685-705 CE

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(a) Picture of the coin weight issued in the name of ‘Abd al-Malik ibn Marwān. (b) The epigraphic content.


65-86 AH / 685-705 CE.


Transparent light green. Excellent condition. Diameter = 2.0 cm.; weight = 2.18 gms.


    1. Of the servant of God ʿAbd al-ʿAz
    2. ʿAbd al-Malik
    3. The Commander of the Fai
    4. thful.


This glass dīnār half weight may be from the latter part of Caliph ʿAbd al-Malik ibn Marwān's rule when coinage reforms came into effect, for the gold coinage, in 77 AH / 696-697 CE (compare this with glass dīnār weight, c. 86 AH / 705 CE, from the governorship of ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn Marwān).


Private Collection.

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[1] A. D.'Ottone, "Umayyad And ʿAbbasid Glass Stamps From A Private Collection", in B. Callegher & A. D'Ottone (a cura di), The 3rd Simone Assemani Symposium On Islamic Coins, 2012, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste: Trieste (Italy), p. 304.

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