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Mu'awiya, Copper, Fals, Damascus, 661-680

 
 

Obverse

Standing figure in long robes holding staff with cross in right hand and globus cruciger in left hand. Globus cruciger in left field, eight-pointed star in lower right field under a winding outline of a robe continuing to the right.

Reverse

M with  above, eight-pointed star below, and an Arabic legend around, starting at 8h.

Obverse

Standing figure in long robes holding staff with cross in right hand and globus cruciger in left hand. Globus cruciger in left field, eight-pointed star in lower right field under a winding outline of a robe continuing to the right.

Reverse

M with  above, eight-pointed star below, and an Arabic legend around, starting at 8h.

Accession number BZC.2009.017
Ruler Mu'awiya
Metal Copper
Denomination Fals
Mint Damascus
Date 661680
Diameter 20.0 mm
Weight 4.61 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Cf. S. Album and T. Goodwin, Sylloge of Islamic Coins, 1: nos. 564 and 565, but different dies. Cf. also Goodwin, Arab-Byzantine Coinage, 37, no. 23: “Dies different from any published example that I know of, although I know of examples of the same obverse die in two private collections.”

Acquisition History

Füeg Collection, Stack's sale NYC (12 I 2009), lot 3449. Ex Sternberg sale, November 1976, lot 106.