al-Nasir, ‘Abbasid Caliph AH 575-622/AD 1180-1225
SICA-4, 1228; A 268, Choice Very Fine
Madinat al-Salam (Baghdad) mint (10.36gm), naming only the caliph al-Nasir. While a number of contemporary dynasties name al-Nasir on their coins, purely ‘Abbasid dinars naming only the caliph were struck at Madinat al-Salam. Their weight ranges from under 3 to more than 20 grams. Some have incorrectly seen multiple denominations but the various weights fall all across the spectrum. They are in fact officially stamped ingots of random weight, which were valued in transactions by weight rather than denomination.