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CNG 103, Lot: 980. Estimate $300.
Sold for $700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ISLAMIC, Umayyad Caliphate. 'Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr. Rival Caliph, AH 60-73 / AD 680-692. AR Drachm (30mm, 4.04 g, 12h). Arab-Sasanian type. GRM-KRMAN mint. Dated AH 65 (AD 684/5). Crowned Sasanian-style bust right; bismillah in Arabic in outer margin; pellet to left of crown’s right wing; annulet to left of lowest star-in-crescent / Fire altar with ribbons and attendants; date to left; mint to right; triple border, star-in-crescents in margin. SICA I –, but cf. 303 and 312; Walker, Arab-Sasanian –; Album 16; ICV 13. VF, toned, double strike on obverse. Very rare.

From the Delbert Carl Highlands Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 76 (12 September 2007), lot 1723.