A Byzantine Weight Validated by Al-Walīd, c. 90 AH / 708-709 CE

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(a) Picture of the coin weight issued by Al-Walid with obverse (left) and reverse (right) fields. (b) The epigraphic content in the reverse field around the margin and middle.


c. 90 AH / 708-709 CE.


Obverse field: Within a border consisting of recurrent semicircles bearing dots within and at the points of junction of the semicircles. There is a Greek cross, and to its left and right respectively, the Greek letters Γ and B (i.e., two ounces).

Reverse Margin / Centre: In the name of God. Muḥammad is the Messenger of God. Equity is God's. This is [a weight] of two ounces which Servant of God al-Walīd has established / Commander of the Faithful.


The weight is a circular disk of diameter 35.5 mm and thickness 7 mm with a two-grooved tooled profile, the piece having been turned on a lathe, the traces of the live and dead centers of which are evident in slight depressions at the exact center of the obverse and reverse.


Private Collection.

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[1] G. C. Miles, "A Byzantine Weight Validated By Al-Walīd", Numismatic Notes And Monographs, 1939, No. 87, pp. 1-11.

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