Silver damma of governor Mohamed, Multan, ca. 712-856 AD - Ummayad and Abbasid governors of Multan, among the first Islamic coins in India!

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Arabic inscription Allah Wali / Mohamed wa/ Nasereh in three lines ("Allah is the friend of Mohamed and his helper") / Three dots, stylized Brahmi "Sri" above, Brahmi letters "Pa" and "Ta" in fields, below Ahmd Lillah in arabic. 13.5mm, 0.59 grams. Unpublished and very rare.

These coins are derived from the earlier "Sri Tapana" pre-Islamic Multan coins. These probably have the destinction of being among the very first Islamic coins struck in India. These early Islamic types were first discovered some 10 years or so ago, and were never properly studied or published. They are often attributed to the Habbarid rulers of Sindh and Multan, but the names on these coins do not correspond to the names of the known Habbarid rulers, and these coins are probably . The identity of this "Mohamed" is not known, but it is likely he was an Ummayad governor of Multan. I am currently working on an article on these coins which will be hopefully published in this summer's issue of JONS.