Dinar - al-Mutawakkil Donative type


Country Abbasid Caliphate
(Islamic states)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 847-861
Value AV Dinar (1)
Metal Gold
Weight 4.29 g
Shape Round
Demonetized yes


It is recorded that the Caliph al-Mu’tasim left Baghdad in 220h in search of a site for a new capital which would be free from the factional divisions that had plagued the city. He decided on Samarra, which he gave the official name of Surra man ra’a (“he who sees it is delighted”).Al-Wathiq continued to use it as his residence and, with the reign of al-Mutawakkil, the city was enlarged and embellished.It was under al-Mutawakkil that the first special donative coinages were introduced, and they played a role in the enhanced prosperity of Surra man ra’a.This coin is one of a series struck on broad ceremonial-sized flans which would have been distributed to the caliph’s favourites, or perhaps sold to richer members of the public for use as ornaments.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (847-861)  232-247 AH (Donative type struck on small thick flan)
ND (847-861)  232-247 AH (Donative type with board outer margin)

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Dinar - al-Mutawakkil (Donative type)