Unlisted AE 1/2 dirham, t.Mongke Khan (1251-1259), Otrar, Great Mongols

Regular price US$ 99.95

Shipping calculated at checkout.

Khānī ("Khan's"), name of the Abbasid Caliph al-Nasir: "Al-Imam al-A/'zam al-Na/sir li-din allah" // Kalima, then again the name of al-Nasir, date and mint in the circular margin . 23.5mm, 3.01 g. For the corresponding large coins see Album 3773 (ex. 1978C.2); Cf. Zeno 305418.

Not listed as a small and well-executed coin, this type is known only for the two sizes (30mm and 42mm). This coin is much smaller and is well-made (unlike the large pieces). The weight is around half of what the large coins weigh, so perhaps it was intended as a half-dirham rather than a reformed dirhams. The date is unreadable, but it should date to 660's AH. Interesting and unique piece.

Otrar or Utrar, also called Farab, is a Central Asian ghost town that was a city located along the Silk Road in Kazakhstan. Otrar was an important town in the history of Central Asia, situated on the borders of settled and agricultural civilizations. It was the center of a great oasis and political district, commanding a key point connecting Kazakhstan with China, Europe, Near and Middle East, Siberia and Ural.



Access Denied