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