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Islamic Tabaristan – 769 AD

Umar ibn al-'Ala

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Islamic Tabaristan – 769 AD

Obverse: Crowned royal Sasanian style bust facing right, wearing a breast ornament star; legend of kings name in Pahlavi and Arabic.
Reverse: Fire altar flanked by attendants; star and crescent flanking flames; Pahlavi date 125 PYE in left field; mint name in right field.

Obv: Crowned royal Sasanian style bust facing right, wearing a breast ornament star within a circle; King of Tabaristan name “umar ibn al-‘ala” in Pahlavi to right and left of bust and in Arabic in outer margins Q2/Q3 below. Rev: Fire altar flanked by two attendants; star and crescent flanking flames; date in field left downwards in Pahlavi: PNJWISTST = 125 PYE; mint name to right downwards in Pahlavi: TPURSTAN with pellet in field (above second t) left of mint name; alternating fleur-de-lys and star-in-crescents in outer margin.


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The ANAM Special Features gallery takes a closer look at this very rare medieval Tabaristan bilingual coin legends, engraved in both Pahlavi (middle Persian) and Arabic scripts. To view the Special Features coin exhibit of medieval Tabaristan bilingual legends, please use the following link: Tabaristan Bilingual Legend Study Exhibit

Value: Hemidrachm. Metal: AR Silver. Weight: 2.00 grams. Mint: Tabaristan mint. Date: Struck during reign 155-164/5 AH (PYE 125 or 769 AD).
Fifth series and only issue with Kings name in Pahlavi and Arabic.
Attribution: Cf. Hodge Mehdi Malek, Khusrau II 4; Göbl type II/3; Mochiri 1356; Paruck 450 (date variation); Saeedi 284 (date variation).

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