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Coin Weight

Object Name:
Coin weight
A.D. 778
Country of Origin Egypt
Glass; stamped
H. 1/8 in. (0.3 cm) Diam. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm) Wt. 65.4639 gr (4.242g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph W. Drexel, 1889
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Arabic; translations: "[obverse] In the name of God; ordered al Mahdi Muhammad, Commander of the Faithful, God preserve him; weight of one dinar, exact; [reverse, within beaded circle, around edge] [at the ha]nds of Wadih, freedman of the Commander; [center] of the Faithful)".
Joseph W. Drexel, New York (until d. 1888); his widow, Lucy Wharton Drexel(1888–89; gifted to Museum in Joseph Drexel's name)
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Glass: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 44, no. 2 (Fall 1986). p. 53, ill. fig. 68 (color).

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