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Artuqids Of Mardin Najim Ai-Din Alpi

 
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 Posted 07/20/2018  11:41 pm Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
While not a very nice looking coin I find this series very interesting. The coins of this series imitate coins from earlier eras. This coin is believed to be based on a Byzantine solidus of Justin II and Tiberius II.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artuqids

Najim al-Din Alpi was ruler of the Artuqids of Mardin from 1152-1176 AD. This coin is an AE Dirham from circa 1160-1166. The obverse depicts two Male heads which are thought to be based on Justin II and Tiberius II.There are four segment of the legend:
Top: Lai'ilaha illa Allah
Bottom: Muhammad Rasul Allah
Right: al-Mustanjib billah
Left: Amir al-mu'minim

The reverse is the head of a young female with the legend:
Top: Najim al-Din
Bottom: Alpi bin il-Ghazi
Left: Malik Diyarbakr
Right: bin Artuq

Sorry I don't have the English translations.

30mm x 10.3g x 8h
Reference: SS type 30.1

The coin did have some active bronze disease but it is stable now.


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 Posted 07/20/2018  11:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good to see you working on this series, Ron. I hope you keep 'em coming. I'll be enjoying the ride since this is one of those areas that I really find appealing - although I remain focused on my narrow collecting areas. So I'll enjoy these vicariously through you.

Did the Spengler/Sayles books arrive yet?
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 Posted 07/21/2018  12:12 am  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Bob, Still waiting on the Zengid book, did get the Artuqid one. I've been looking at some more coins but they tend to be in not too great a condition. Vcoins has some nice ones but expensive. I was lucky to snag this one for only a few dollars, so I can live with the condition until I'm able to afford better ones. My focus is still on Sasanian coins but I'm at the point now where I'm getting into the more pricey ones.
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 Posted 07/21/2018  12:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kushanshah to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Who doesn't like these figural coins? The Turks were fresh from the steppes of Central Asia and though nominally Muslim, not so devout as to let the Quranic prohibition against graven images get in the way of numismatic art.

Translations:
Obv, top: "There is no god but Allah".
Obv. bottom: "Muhammad is the apostle of Allah".
Obv. r.: al-Mustanjid Billah, the regnal name of the 'Abbasid caliph meaning "He who implores help from Allah".
Obv. l.: "commander of the faithful", traditional title of the caliph.

On the other side are the names and titles of Alpi. Najm al-Din means "Star of the Faith". Malik Diyarbakr is "king of Diyarbakr". The patronymic is "Alpi son of il-Ghazi son of Artuq".

From BMC Oriental III:
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 Posted 07/21/2018  02:29 am  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
KS thanks very much for the translation.
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 Posted 07/21/2018  07:53 am  Show Profile   Check FVRIVS RVFVS's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add FVRIVS RVFVS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not a nice looking coin ?
I beg to differ !
I believe after having run through the 'chemo' regime for the BD it could use a bit of darkening but overall at the right price I would have chased after it.
Not too long ago I bought from a seller who had a few dozen of these. I tried but failed on a few of the better ones. I regret not having been a bit more aggressive.
I did pick up an interesting early Islamic bronze from Homs which I had promised to post
The days (and nights !) have been busy.
With this one up I will redouble my efforts

Nice coin
IN GOD WE TRVST ....... all others pay cash !

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 Posted 07/21/2018  08:14 am  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks FR, the more I look into this series I'm sorry I didn't get into it earlier.
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 Posted 07/21/2018  1:24 pm  Show Profile   Check louisvillekyshop's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add louisvillekyshop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Kushanshah;

When you note: "The Turks were fresh from the steppes of Central Asia and though nominally Muslim, not so devout as to let the Quranic prohibition against graven images get in the way of numismatic art.", I am not sure this is the only reason you see graven images. Islam, to me anyway, seems to be quite a patient system when it comes to taking full control of a country, and greater good is recognized in how to approach locals. You notice the Persian silver with the Zoroastrian fire continues well into the Islamic period. So they are just a very practical people perhaps who play the long game always. When they took over Bosnia you got a better deal if you converted and people did over time. Or how they charge a tax to non Muslims so in time you probably practically convert for monetary reasons. When it is in it's full complete form like Saudi Arabia sure strict standards against graven images is always the case. But throughout history they have been patient enough not to change everything quickly and eventually win on all points as the years go by.
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