Dirham - al-Rashid


Country Abbasid Caliphate
(Islamic states)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 786-809
Value AR Dirham (0.7)
Metal Silver
Weight 2.9 g
Diameter 23.6 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized yes
References MWI# 135
Oriental Coins and Their Values: The World of Islam
by Michael Mitchiner
(Hawkins Publications)


Obverse Center:
لا اله الا
الله وحده
لا شرك له

Obverse margin:
بسم الله ضرب هذا الدرهم بالمحمدية سنة ست و ثمانين و مئة

Obverse center:
There is no diety except |
(the one) God alone |
He has no equal

Obverse margin:
In the name of Allah, this dirham was struck at Al-Muhammadiya year six and eighty and one hundred


Reverse margin:
محمد رسول الله ارسله بالهدى و دين الحق ليظهره على الدين كله و لو كره المشركون

is the Messenger
of God

Reverse margin: Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, he was sent with guidance and the religion of truth to proclaim it over all religion even if the polytheists detest




Al-Rashid ruled from 786 to 809 AD, during the peak of the Islamic Golden Age. During his rule Baghdad began to flourish as a center of knowledge, culture and trade.
"Since Harun was intellectually, politically, and militarily resourceful, his life and his court have been the subject of many tales, some factual, but most believed to be fictitious. One factual tale is the story of the clock that was among various presents that Harun sent to Charlemagne. The presents were carried by the returning Frankish mission that came to offer Harun friendship in 799. Charlemagne and his retinue deemed the clock to be a conjuration for the sounds it emanated and the tricks it displayed every time an hour ticked. Among what is known to be fictional is The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, which contains many stories that are fantasized by Harun's magnificent court and even Harun al-Rashid himself."

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (786-809)  169-193 AH (al-Muhammadiya)
ND (786-809)  169-193 AH (Balkh)
ND (786-809)  169-193 AH (Ma' dan al-Shash)
ND (786-809)  169-193 AH (Madinat Al Salam)

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