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Triton XXIII – Session Three – Roman Imperial Coinage Part II through World Coinage Part I

Lot nuber 1033

CRUSADERS, Christian Arabic Dinars. Mid to late 13th century. AV Bezant – Dinar (22mm, 3.15 g, 3h). Akka (Acre) mint. Dated AD 1251 (in Arabic).


Triton XXIII – Session Three – Roman Imperial Coinage Part II through World Coinage Part I
Lot: 1033.
 Estimated: $ 4 000

Early Medieval, Gold

Sold For $ 6 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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CRUSADERS, Christian Arabic Dinars. Mid to late 13th century. AV Bezant – Dinar (22mm, 3.15 g, 3h). Akka (Acre) mint. Dated AD 1251 (in Arabic). allāh wāhid (one God in Arabic) in two lines; inner marginal Arabic legend: · + · al-āb wa’l-ibn wa’l-rīh al-qudus (The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit); [outer marginal Arabic legend: duriba bi-‘Akka/ sana alf wa/[mi’atayn wa ahad/wa khamsīn li-tajassud (Struck in Acre in the year one thousand two hundred, one and fifty from the incarnation of the Messiah)] / Large cross pattée, annulet in first quarter; outer marginal Arabic legend: we are glorified by the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ the Messiah from Whom we receive out salvation and life; inner marginal Arabic legend: · + · and resurrection, and through whom we are delivered and pardoned. Cf. Grierson, Coins of Medieval Europe C8 (for type); Balog & Yvon 40; cf. Schlumberger, pl. V, 27 (same); Metcalf, Crusades –; cf. CCS 6 (same). Toned. VF. Very rare.

From the Richard A. Jourdan Collection of Medieval European Coins, purchased from Charles H. Wolfe, III.

‘In 1251, apparently as a result of St Louis’s stay at Acre and papal fulminations against the striking of besanti sarracenati with inscriptions referring to Muhammad, the mint of Acre began to issue coins having a cross as the central type with two circles of inscription, Arabic in language but Christian in context and date by the Year of the Incarnation.’ Grierson, p.135

The final winners of all Triton XXIII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 14-15 January 2020. Triton XXIII – Session Three – Roman Imperial Coinage Part II through World Coinage Part II will be held Wednesday morning, 15 January 2020 beginning at 9:00 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and in person at the public auction, 22.50% for all others.