Geometric decorations with rosettes, large rosette in the middle / Geometric decorations with rosettes, partially seen arabic legend in the middle ""the great Queen, glory of the world and faith, Tamar, daughter of Giorgi, champion of the Messiah, may God increase her victories"" (in a slightly abbreviated form). 22mm, 8.66 grams. Tbilisi mint. Catalogue of Georgian Numismatics, p.246. SKU T872-52263
Small countermark on obverse.
Tamar the Great (c. 1160 – 18 January 1213) reigned as a regent (1178-1184) and later as the Queen of Georgia from 1184 to 1213, presiding over the apex of the Georgian Golden Age. A member of the Bagrationi dynasty, her position as the first woman to rule Georgia in her own right was emphasized by the title mepe ("king"), afforded to Tamar in the medieval Georgian sources.