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

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(a) Trace of the weight issued by ʿAbd al-Malik ibn Marwān. (b) The epigraphic content in the middle.


65-86 AH / 685-705 CE.


Centre: In the name of God. There is not but God He is one, Muḥammad is the Messenger of God, the servant of God ʿAbd al-Malik Commander of the Faithful. Ordered by the amīr al-Walīd


Colour unknown. Diameter unknown. Weight =175.50 gm. Raṭl is derived metrologically from Greco-Roman litron (pound). This weight was first published by Abdel-Kader and later re-edited by Paul Balog.


National Museum, Damascus (Syria).

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[1] D. Abd Al-Kader, "Deux Unités Pondérales Musulmanes Omayyades", Berytus, 1935, Volume 2, pp. 139-140.

[2] P. Balog. "Contributions To The Arabic Metrology And Coinage", Annali – Istituto Italiano Di Numismatica, 1980-1981, Volume 27-28, pp. 115-154.

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