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Scarce type - silver dirham of Mas'ud (1030-1041 AD) naming Caliph al-Qadir, minted 1030-1031, Ghaznavid Empire

Scarce type - silver dirham of Mas'ud (1030-1041 AD) naming Caliph al-Qadir, minted 1030-1031, Ghaznavid Empire

Obverse:Arabic inscription: 'Adl / kalima in 3 lines / al-Qadir billah

Reverse: Arabic incsription: Lillah/ Muhammad/ rasul Allah/ 'ala alsalam /Mas'ud.

19mm, 3.29 grams. Album 1621 var.

Rare naming Caliph al-Qadir, minted right in the beginning of Masud's reign.

The Ghaznavid Empire was one of the greatest medieval Islamic Empires. The Ghaznavid dynasty was a Persianate Muslim dynasty of Turkic mamluk origin, at their greatest extent ruling large parts of Iran, Afghanistan, much of Transoxiana and the northwest Indian subcontinent from 977 to 1186. The dynasty was founded by Sabuktigin upon his succession to rule of the region of Ghazna after the death of his father-in-law, Alp Tigin, who was a breakaway ex-general of the Samanid Empire from Balkh, north of the Hindu Kush in Greater Khorasan. Although the dynasty was of Central Asian Turkic origin, it was thoroughly Persianised in terms of language, culture, literature and habits and hence is regarded by some as a "Persian dynasty".

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