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Superb quality! Silver dirham of Caliph Harun al-Rashid (786-809 AD), Medinat al-Salam mint, 188 AH/804 AD, Abbasid Caliphate

Superb quality! Silver dirham of Caliph Harun al-Rashid (786-809 AD), Medinat al-Salam mint, 188 AH/804 AD, Abbasid Caliphate

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 Medinat al-Salam in the year one hundred eighty eight" 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 188 AH = 804 AD, mint of Medinat al-Salam. 24mm, 2.88 grams. S.219.2; Lavoix 838.

This is a beautiful high quality coin showing original luster. It was reportedly found in Spain in a large hoard of Abbasid coins.

Harun al-Rashid  (17 March 763 or February 766 — 24 March 809) was the fifth Abbasid Caliph. Harun ruled from 786 to 809, and his time was marked by scientific, cultural, and religious prosperity. Islamic art and Islamic music also flourished significantly during his reign. Since Harun was intellectually, politically, and militarily resourceful, his life and his court have been the subject of many tales. Some are claimed to be factual, but most are believed to be fictitious. An example of what is factual, is the story of the clock that was among various presents that Harun had sent to Charlemagne. The presents were carried by the returning Frankish mission that came to offer Harun friendship in 799. Charlemagne and his retinue deemed the clock to be a conjuration for the sounds it emanated and the tricks it displayed every time an hour ticked. Among what is known to be fictional is The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, which contains many stories that are fantasized by Harun's magnificent court and even Harun al-Rashid himself.

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