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½ Drachm - 'Umar b. al-'Ala Abbasid Governors of Tabaristan - Arab-Sasanian

½ Drachm - 'Umar b. al-'Ala (Abbasid Governors of Tabaristan - Arab-Sasanian) -  obverse ½ Drachm - 'Umar b. al-'Ala (Abbasid Governors of Tabaristan - Arab-Sasanian) -  reverse

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Features

Country Abbasid Caliphate
(Islamic states)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 737-782
Value AR 1/2 Dachm (7/20)
Metal Silver (.835)
Weight 1.92 g
Diameter 24 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized yes
References Val Sn# 78, Walker# 271
Sassanian Coins
by W. H. Valentine
(Rahul Publishing House, Delhi, India, 1993)
A Catalogue of the Arab-Sassanian Coins
by John Walker
(The Trustees of British Museum)

Obverse

Facing bust of Umar ibn al-'Ala, head right, wearing winged crown surmounted by star and crescent, inside single-dotted border, crescents with stars at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock

Lettering:
to the left: GDE 'pzwty
to the right: 'wmr
in the second quadrant of the margin: 'pd (afid,"good")

Reverse

Sasanian style fire altar with two attendants standing facing, crescents on their heads, both hands on sword hilt, inside triple dotted-border, crescents with stars at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o'clock, three pellets at the diagonals

Lettering:
to the left: hptwystst
to the right: tpwlst'n

Edge

Flat hammered coin smooth edge

Comments

Album's Checklist #56, Malek #69
Walker p.138: 271; A 56

Umar was originally a butcher from Reyy near modern Tehran, who became an accomplished soldier. He took part in the suppression of Sunbadh's revolt in 137AH and was sent to Tabaristan by the Abbasid caliph al-Mansur in 141AH to take part in its conquest with Khazim ibn Khuzayma, after this conquest he appears to have remained in Tabaristan.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (737-747)  119-129 AH - W. H. Valentine#78
ND (771-780)  115-163 AH - The Civic Numismatic Collection of Milan - Brera; N. Inv.: B3895
ND (771-782)  155-165 AH

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