Dirham - Zubaidah bint Ja`far Wife of al-Rashid

Features

Country Abbasid Caliphate
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 830-831
Value AR Dirham (0.7)
Currency Dinar (750-1517)
Composition Silver
Weight 2.95 g
Diameter 26.5 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized Yes

Obverse

Lettering: la ilah illa ilah (sic) /Muhammad/al-nabi al-ummâ - “Muhammad, the (Miraculous) Unlettered Prophet”

Reverse

Lettering: salla al-malik/illa ‘ali ‘Ali/al-nabi al-Mustafa, below, vertically at 6 o’clock ‘Ubayd - “Praise to the King, without equal, ‘Ali, the Prophet of the Elect One” (ie Muhammad), margin: rabi’ hamid majid, “my Lord, Praisworthy, Magnificent”

Comments

This exceptionally beautiful and previously unrecorded Dirham is almost certainly a coin sponsored by Zubayda, the wife of the Caliph al-Rashid and mother of al-Amin Muhammad. Where the mint Umm Ja’farabad was located is unknown, but it was probably in one of her palace complexes. One clue to its location might be found in the word placed upright at 6 o’clock in the reverse field, ‘Ubayd. It may have been related to her kinsman ‘Ubayd Allah bin al-Mahdi, who is known to have been governor of Arran around this time, from whose silver mines, Zubayda derived much of her income.

Manage my collection

To manage your collection, please log in.


Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (830-831)  215-216 AH

Get this coin

No member from this site currently wants to exchange it.

Numista Rarity index: 100 Search tips
This index is based on the data of Numista members collections. It ranges from 0 to 100, 0 meaning a very common coin or banknote and 100 meaning a rare coin or banknote among Numista members.

» Buy coins from the Abbassid Caliphate

Contribute to the catalog

Modify or add data on this page
Match past online sales
Register a past auction sale