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Crusader Imitation? Ayyubid? Please Help

 
 
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 Posted 05/04/2019  1:20 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Leipeneier to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello!
I have this Islamic dirham and I am unsure what exactly it is, I think it is a crusader imitation but I am no expert in Islamic coins.






P.S value of the coin would be nice too

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 Posted 05/04/2019  11:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 05/05/2019  12:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kushanshah to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, a Crusader imitation of al-Salih Isma'il bearing the (pseudo-) mint name Dimashq and the date AH 641. While the calligraphy is fairly good, your coin differs from the official coins of al-Salih Isma'il in important ways. First, the kalima in the reverse margin (1st photo) has been changed from "There is no god but God alone. There are no others with Him. Muhammad is the apostle of God" to bism / Allah / al-rahman / al-rahim "In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful". The central inscription names the deceased 'Abbasid caliph al-Mustansir: al-imam / al-Mustansir / billah Abu Ja'far / al-Mansur amir al-mu'minin. Genuine coins of al-Salih Isma'il dated 641 carry the full kalima and name the then-current caliph al-Musta'sim.

The obverse (2nd photo) center names the Ayyubid king: al-malik al-Salih / 'Imad al-Dunya wa al-Din / Isma'il bin Abu Bakr. Mint and date in margin segments. Although the mint name is Dimashq, I believe these are thought to have been struck at Acre ('Akka).

Album 849.1 (C).

I'm not sure about value. It is one of the more common varieties but well-struck and mostly legible.
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05/05/2019 01:10 am
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 Posted 05/05/2019  09:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Leipeneier to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@Kushanshah Would you say it is worth at least $37USD? That's what I paid for it.
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Would you say it is worth at least $37USD? That's what I paid for it.

Easily. Well done.
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 Posted 05/05/2019  3:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Leipeneier to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@Kushanshah Nice, thanks for your help. I really appreciate it.
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