Al-Wathiq, ‘Abbasid Caliph AH 227-232/AD 842-847

SICA-4, 885; Bernardi 152Jh; Album 227, Fine

Madinat al-Salam (Baghdad) mint. Kalima at center, double obverse marginal legends with Qur’an 30:4 in outer margin, date formula in inner margin; Reverse, continuation of Kalima, “lillah” above, al-Wathiq Billah below, Qur’an 9:33 in margin. Quite a rare date for this otherwise common mint. The Ashmolean has one and Miles thought the specimen in the University of Pennsylvania collection remarkable enough to include in his seminal 1950 work Rare Islamic Coins.

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