Coin - ROM2007_9445_23



Medium:Struck gold
Geography: Minted in Egypt, "Misr" (al-Fustāt)
Date: 857-858 AD
Period: Reign of al-Mutawakkil, Abbasid Period
0.3 x 2.1 cm
Object number: 971.394.1
On view
Gallery Location:Wirth Gallery of the Middle East
DescriptionIn most regions conquered by the Arabs in the 7th and 8th centuries existing bureaucracies were left in place to continue the job of tax collection and government. Islamic coins were minted in gold (dinar), silver (dirham), and copper (fels). Later, as the Islamic empire broke down into regional kingdoms, each region minted coins in the name of its own ruler as well as the Caliph. Figural imagery was generally avoided in favour of Qur'anic text . Most regions retained the format introduced in the early period, perhaps modifying the decorative motifs and style.
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