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Large (32mm!) silver dirhem of Nuh II ibn Mansur (366-387 AH / 976-997 AD), Balkh mint, Samanid Empire

Large (32mm!) silver dirhem of Nuh II ibn Mansur (366-387 AH / 976-997 AD), Balkh mint, Samanid Empire
Arabic inscriptions: "There is no God except Allah alone. He has no partner" in the central field, "In the name of Allah this dirhem was struck at Herat in the year three hundred and eighty four" in the margins / "Allah is one, Allah is eternal. He begets not neither is he begotten" in the central field, "Mohamed is the profet if Allah whom he sent with guidance and the religion of truth that he may make it victorious over every other religion". Minted in 384 AH = 994 AD, mint of Balkh. 32mm, 2.74 grams. Mitchiner WIS 708-712v.
The Samanids were a Persian dynasty in Central Asia and Greater Khorasan, named after its founder Saman Khuda who converted to Sunni Islam despite being from Zoroastrian theocratic nobility. To legitimize the dynasty, the Samanids claimed to be descendants of Bahram Chobin, and thus descended from the House of Mihran, one of the Seven Great Houses of Iran. The Samanids were among the first native Iranian dynasties in Greater Iran and Central Asia after the Arab conquest and the collapse of the Sassanid Persian empire.Their rule lasted for 180 years, and their territory encompassed Khorasan, Ray, Transoxiania, Tabaristan, Kerman, Gorgan, and the area west of these provinces up to Isfahan.
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