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Lot nuber 97

Umayyad Caliphate, Silver coinage. AR Dirham (25mm, 2.89 g, 2h). Al-Daybul mint. Dated AH 95/4 (AD 713/4). Near EF.

CNG Islamic Auction 2
Lot: 97.
 Estimated: $ 20 000

Umayyad Silver and Bronze, Silver

Sold For $ 13 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Umayyad Caliphate, Silver coinage. AR Dirham (25mm, 2.89 g, 2h). Al-Daybul mint. Dated AH 95/4 (AD 713/4). Klat 337. Pin marks in reverse field. Near EF. Extremely rare.

Al-Daybul was a port town on the coast of Sind. It was captured by the Muslims in AH 92 when al-Hajjaj b. Yusuf, Governor of the East, dispatched a force under Muhammad b. al-Qasim b. al-Thaqafi to address troublesome pirate activity in the region.

All known Umayyad dirhams from al-Daybul are dated AH 95. However, in the date legend on the present coin the unit khams, ‘5’, has clearly been re-engraved on the die over arba‘, ‘4’, demonstrating that the die had been prepared for use in the previous year. It is not clear whether any dirhams were in fact struck at al-Daybul in AH 94 - if so, these would be the earliest Islamic silver coins from the Indian sub-continent. Nevertheless, this coin provides important evidence for the establishment of a mint at al-Daybul a year earlier than was previously known.

The final winners of all CNG Islamic Auction 2 lots will be determined during the live sale that will be held on 27 October 2022.

Winning bids are subject to a 22.5% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 25% for all others.

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