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Kaykhusraw I (Seljuq), Copper, Dirham, Uncertain Mint, 1192-1196

 
 

Obverse

Half-length imperial bust holding scepter in right hand and large book (Qur’an?) in left hand. Traces of a star in upper left field.

Reverse

Arabic legend in four lines.

Obverse

Half-length imperial bust holding scepter in right hand and large book (Qur’an?) in left hand. Traces of a star in upper left field.

Reverse

Arabic legend in four lines.

Accession number BZC.2009.019
Ruler Kaykhusraw I (Seljuq)
Metal Copper
Denomination Dirham
Mint Uncertain Mint
Date 11921196
Diameter 18.0 mm
Weight 2.49 g
Relation of Dies 8:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

The imperial bust on the obverse imitates 12th-century Byzantine tetartera.

G. Hennequin, Catalogue es monnaies musulmanes de la Bibliothèque nationale: Asie pré-mongole; Les Salǧūqs et leurs successeurs, no. 1642.

Acquisition History

Fueg Collection, Stack's Collection, NYC, 12 January 2009, lot 3531, ex Hirsch Sale 62, 1989, no. 1221.