Scarce double dirhem of Shah Mansur (1387-1392), Shabaknara mint, Muzaffarids

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Name and titles in arabic around a square in the middle where the mint is given / Shahada. Undated type. 18.5mm, 1.20 grams. Shabaknara mint. cf.Zeno #92585; MWOI 1779 var. The Mozaffaris were a family that settled in Khorasan from the beginning of Caliphal rule there. They stayed in Khorasan up until the Mongol invasion of that province, at which point they fled to Yazd. Serving under the Il-Khans, they gained prominence when Sharaf al-Din Muzaffar was made governor of Maibud. He was tasked with crushing the robber-bands that were roaming around the country. In the wake of the loss of Il-Khan authority in Mesopotamia following the death of Abu Said (Ilkhanid dynasty)m the Muzaddarids invaded the province of Kirman and seized it from its Mongol governor (1339/1340). They also permanently gained control of Kirman in late 1340. The city of Bam was besieged and conquered a few years after this. By 1350s, the Muzaffarids were the strongest power in Mesopotamia, and Shraz was made their capital. Mubariz al-Din's strength was such that when the khan of the Golden Horde, Jani Beg, sent an offer to become his vassal, he was able to decline. The end of the Muzaffarid dynasty came when Timur decided in 1392 that a campaign against Shah Mansur was in order. Ahead of Tamerlane's assault, Shah Mansur fled Shraz, but then turned around and met Timur's forces. With an army weakened by desertions, he fought bravely but was forced to retreat. Attempting to reach Shraz, he was captured by forces of prince Shah Rukh and was decapitated. The other Muzaffarid princes then again swore allegiance to Timur.