Square Dirham "Millarés" - Anonymous - "Dirham imitation"

Square Dirham "Millarés" - Anonymous - "Dirham imitation" -  obverseSquare Dirham "Millarés" - Anonymous - "Dirham imitation" -  reverse

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Issuer Almohad Caliphate (Islamic states)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1130-1269
Value AR Square Dirham = AR Millarés
Currency Dinar (1121-1269)
Composition Silver
Weight 1.35 g
Diameter 18 mm
Shape Square (irregular)
Orientation Variable alignment ↺
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 228022
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Deformed Arabic script
Legend in three lines in double-border


Deformed Arabic script
Legend in three lines in double-border


This coin could be a Chistian imitation of an Almohad square dirham. It is unclear which Christian kingdom had them minted but people speculate on it being made under the Crown of Aragon. The Dirham was very popular in the Peninsula so that may be a reason for it to have been made.

To know if a coin is a Dirham or a Millarés, one should look at the characters and the weight. Besides the characters on the Millarés being deformed and not actual arabic script, the coin is itself lighter than a true Dirham

Hohertz-pp.68-69; Medina-Tipo 201 bis; Tonegawa-2/524.

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ND (1130-1269)  No mint
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