Al-Muttaqi, ‘Abbasid Caliph AH 329-333/AD 940-944
Apparently unpublished, Superb Extremely Fine
Wasit mint. Donative-style dinar. Kalima at center, double obverse marginal legends with Qur’an 30:4 in outer margin, date formula in inner margin; Reverse, continuation of Kalima, citing al-Muttaqi Lillah below, Qur’an 9:33 in margin. Ex Sunrise Collection. From the auction description “Though ostensibly struck at different mints (Wasit for this piece, Madinat al-Salam for the others), the Abbasid presentation coins in the Sunrise Collection display similar careful production technique, style and quality control. This suggests the coins were produced while the caliph himself was resident in the mint city, perhaps while on military campaign, and that a specialized team of artisans traveling with him controlled production of the coins. This lends credence to the theory that the intended recipients were regional governors and / or military commanders, whose loyalty was critical to the regime”. The city of Wasit is in Iraq, south of Baghdad.