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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-A-B030
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  'Abd al-Malik; Damascus
Denomination:  Dinar
Place made:  Damascus
Culture:  Arabic
Date made:  AH 65-76/AD 685-696
Metal:  Gold
Diameter (cm):  1.95
Weight (g):  4.49
Axis (degrees):  180.00
Provenance:  Whitting 1714 - bt A. H. Baldwin 30th January 1968, ex James R. Stewart collection, 471, previously Hess Lucerne 7th March 1954.
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Description:  Obverse: Three figures standing facing, all wearing chlamydi crowns, holding orbs in r. hands, central figure with a long beard. Reverse: Pole on three steps, B in l. of field, I in r. of field.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: none. Reverse (clockwise from top): لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله‎‎ بسم الله‎‎ (In the name of God, there is no god but God and Muhammed is his messenger).

Bibliography:  Walker B2, SICA 607

Notes:  Reverse has been scraped to l. of steps, perhaps to test gold purity. Was used as part of 'All That Glitters…' project.

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