Dinar of Tughril (r. 1040–63)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453

This gold dirham bears on its obverse an inscription listing the titles and name of the reigning Seljuq sultan, Tughrul Beg, as well as naming the prophet Muhammad. In the circular outer margin are the Qur’an verses 33:9 and 9:61. On its reverse, the tawhid is inscribed in the central field of the coin along with the name of the reigning Abbasid caliph, al-Qaʿim bi amrillah. Surrounding it are two circular margin inscriptions: the inner ring indicates the date and location of the dirham’s minting, and the outer bears verses 4-5:30 of the Qur’an.

Dinar of Tughril (r. 1040–63), Gold

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