Dirham - al-Mahdi


Country Abbasid Caliphate
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 159-168 (776-785)
Calendar Islamic (Hijri)
Value AR Dirham (0.7)
Currency Dinar (750-1517)
Composition Silver
Weight 3 g
Diameter 23 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes


Central Legend
لا اله الا
الله وحده
لا شرك له

Marginal Legend
بسم الله ضرب هذا الدرهم بالبصرة
سنة احدى و ستين و مئة

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

In The Name of God. This dirham was struck in al-Basra in the year one and sixty and one hundred (161)


Central Legend
محمد رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم
الخليفة المهدي

Marginal Legend
محمد رسول الله ارسله بالهدى و
دين الحق ليظهره على الدين كله
ولو كره المشركون

Muhammad is the Messenger of God/
Gods Prayer and Salutations upon him (PBAH)/
The Caliph al-Mahd/

Muhammad is the messenger of God. He sent him with guidance and the true religion to reveal it to all religions even if the polytheists abhor it.


For detailed variations between years and mints, visit https://islamiccoins.ancients.info/abbasid/almahdi.htm

Mint marks around the rim on the obverse:

  • O oo O oo O oo - Madinat al-Salam (159-164), al-Muhammadiya (166-168)
  • oo oo oo oo - Madinat al-Salam (165)
  • Ø o Ø o Ø o - al-Basra (161)
  • o o o o o - al-Abbasiyya (162-169)
  • O O O O O - Kirman (167)
  • OOO   OOO   OOO - Harun Abad (169)

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159 (776) oo oo oo o Madinat al-Salam
ND (776-781) O oo O oo 159-164 AH (Madinat al-Salam)
160 (777) oo oo oo o Madinat al-Salam
161 (778) Ø o Ø o Ø al-Basra
162 (779) o o o o o al-Abbasiyya
162 (779) oo oo oo o Madinat al-Salam
ND (779-785) o o o o o 162-168 AH (al-Abbasiyya)
163 (780) oo oo oo o Madinat al-Salam
164 (781) oo oo oo o Madinat al-Salam
165 (782) oo oo oo o Madinat al-Salam
166 (783) O oo O oo al-Muhammadiya
ND (783-785) O oo O oo 166-168 AH (al-Muhammadiya)
167 (784) O O O O O Kirman
167 (784) O oo O oo al-Muhammadiya
168 (785) o o o o o al-Abbasiyya

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