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Silver dirhem of Arghun ibn Abaga (1284-1291 AD), Mongol Ilkhanid Empire

Silver dirhem of Arghun ibn Abaga (1284-1291 AD), Mongol Ilkhanid Empire

Kalima (Muslim profession of faith) within a square, mint and date around (only partially seen) / inscription in a mixture of Arabic and Uighur: Kaganu nereber Arghunun delegteguluk son ("Struck in the name of the Khan, Hulagu"). 16mm, 2.75 grams. Uncertain mint and date. MWOI 1573ff.

Arghun Khan aka Argon (c. 1258 – March 7, 1291) was the fourth ruler of the Mongol empire's Ilkhanate, from 1284 to 1291. He was the son of Abaqa Khan, and like his father, was a devout Buddhist. He was known for sending several embassies to Europe in an unsuccessful attempt to form a Franco-Mongol alliance against the Muslims in the Holy Land, including his famous letter to the Pope Honorius IV.

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