Silver dirham of Caliph al-Mahdi (775-785 AD), Medinat al-Salam mint, minted 166 AH/783 AD, Abbasid Caliphate

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Shahada spread on both sides, with "al-Khalifa al-Mahdi" in the fourth line of obverse, date and mint in margins. Minted in 166 AH = 783 AD, mint of Medinat al-Salam. 24mm, 2.88 grams. Mitchiner WIS 159v; Lavoiux #733; S. 215.1.

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

Muhammad ibn Mansur al-Mahdi (ruled 775-785), was the third Abbasid Caliph. He succeeded his father, al-Mansur. Al-Mahdi, whose name means "Rightly-guided" or "Redeemer", was proclaimed caliph when his father was on his deathbed.