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Another Dirham Of Kaykhusru III

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 Posted 12/30/2018  12:20 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add TTerrier to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
The help I received on the last coin was invaluable and I'm hoping for assistance on this one as well. This coin is a different style with a central cartouche on the side of the coin with the mint and date. I believe the centre says "al-mulk lillah" or "sovereignty belongs to God". The translations of these into English really seem to vary a lot between reference books.

The mint and date information is in the margin - I think it reads zuriba bi-madinat [mint] fi sana [date]. The only mint name I can think that might fit these letter forms is Konya but that is a guess. Comparing this coin to one in Zeno:

This suggests the date is AH 670 but I am just comparing the images here as I cannot read that from the coin unless the last few letter forms are the diwani letter for 70 and then a really sloppy sitt mi'at.

It seems odd to me that the other parts of the coin have really nice calligraphy but the mint and date in the margin seems much sloppier.

I asked for help on this same coin on Forvm but unfortunately no responses.

Thanks for your help!
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 Posted 12/30/2018  02:19 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kushanshah to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, I think you're spot on. The only place we differ is that I'd rate the rest of the calligraphy as a bit on the sloppy (semi-legible) side as well.
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12/30/2018 02:21 am
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 Posted 12/30/2018  11:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TTerrier to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks again Kushanshah! I think Stephen Album agrees with you - he mentions in his checklist that the calligraphy gets progressively worse the further we get into the Seljuk dynasty.
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