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Muawiya, Copper, Fals, Baalbek/Heliopolis, circa 660-680

 
 

Obverse

Two crowned figures standing and holding scepters in right hands. Figure to right also holds globus cruciger. Cross between their heads. No legend.

Reverse

Μ with cross above, H/ Λ/ Ι/ Y in left field, Π/ Ο/ Λ/ Ε in right field, and upside down U below. 

Exergue

ba'labkk (blundered mint name).

Obverse

Two crowned figures standing and holding scepters in right hands. Figure to right also holds globus cruciger. Cross between their heads. No legend.

Reverse

Μ with cross above, H/ Λ/ Ι/ Y in left field, Π/ Ο/ Λ/ Ε in right field, and upside down U below. 

Exergue

ba'labkk (blundered mint name).

Accession number BZC.2009.016
Ruler Muawiya
Metal Copper
Denomination Fals
Mint Baalbek/Heliopolis
Date circa 660680
Diameter 22.0 mm
Weight 5.2 g
Relation of Dies 12:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

A bilingual fals of the “Damascus related series”; see T. Goodwin, Arab-Byzantine Coinage, 37, 71, and no. 16, but in fact the “Damascus related series” has the same dies as 80, no. 74. The upside-down U below the M on the reverse is Goodwin’s officina b.

C. Foss, Arab-Byzantine Coins: An Introduction, with a Catalogue of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, 134, nos. 61–63 (similar, but this coin better style).

S. Album and T. Goodwin, Sylloge of Islamic Coins in the Ashmolean, 1: nos. 584–86 (similar, but this coin better style). 

Acquisition History

Füeg Collection from Stack’s NYC sale, 1 December 2009, 3447; from Elsen sale 71, 2002, no. 1339.