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Coin

Date:
A.H. 164/A.D. 780
Geography:
Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Diam. 11/16 in. (1.7 cm) Wt. 0.1 oz. (2.8 g)
Classification:
Coins
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1939
Accession Number:
39.40.127.556
Not on view
Issued during the reign of the Abbasid caliph al-Mahdi, this gold dinar was minted in the year A.H. 164 (A.D. 780). The inscription on its obverse proclaims the tawhid, surrounded by a circular margin which quotes Qur’an verses 33:9/9:61. On the reverse, the central inscription names Muhammad as the prophet of God, while the margin indicates the year of minting – no information is provided as to the location of the mint house.
1938, excavated at Tepe Madrasa in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1939, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

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