Dirham - Qutb al-din Muhammad Zengid of Sinjar

Features

Country Emirate of Sinjar
(Zengid dynasty )
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1197-1219
Value AE Dirham
Currency Dinar (1127-1250)
Composition Copper
Weight 10 g
Diameter 26 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
References Mitch WI# 1140
Michael Mitchiner; 1977. Oriental Coins and Their Values / Volume 1. The World of Islam. Hawkins Publications, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9780904173154.

Obverse

Kufic inscription: mint name and date (date off flan), bare headed, curly-haired, draped a cuirassed Roman-style bust (Caracalla) left, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left shoulder

Reverse

Cursive four line Kufic inscription: names and titles of the Abbasid Calif al-Nasir and Qutb al-Din Muhammad; Zengid tamga (stylized fulmen) below

Comments

The obverse is imitative of a bronze of Caracalla struck at Edessa, Mesopotamia.
Qutb ad-Din Muhammad was the Zengid Emir of Sinjar (in NE Iraq) 1197–1219.
He was successor of Imad ad-Din Zengi II.
The Zengid dynasty was a Muslim dynasty of Oghuz Turk origin, which ruled parts of the Levant and Upper Mesopotamia on behalf of the Seljuk Empire.

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ND (1197-1219) 

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