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ID number:  BIRBI-WH0007
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  al-Mahdi; Bukhara
Denomination:  Dirham
Place made:  Asia: Uzbekistan, Bukhara
Culture:  Abbasid
Date made:  775-785 AD
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.5
Weight (g):  2.61
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 3979, A. H. Baldwin, October 1961.
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Description:  Obverse: Bust of king with mural crown, korymbos above; ribbon to l. of bust; three large pellets on breast. Reverse: Fire altar with two attendants; holding spears/barsom.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: المهدي (Al-Mahdi) PWX'R XW'B K'W (Ruler of Bukhara, Kay) Reverse: None.

Bibliography:  SNS Uzbekistan Typ.Ib2/1, 420

Notes:  Chipped at 45 and 90 degrees on obverse.

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3 Related People

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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
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al-Mahdi
Abbasid
744
785
Bukhara
Turkic; Abbasid; Uzbek


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