AR damma (1/5 dirham) of al-Rabbi', Abbasid governors of Multan, early 800's AD

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Three dots, stylized Brahmi "Sri" above, Brahmi letters "Ta" and "Pa+" in fields, below Lillah al-Rabbi' in Arabic / Crude bust facing left within a dotted border. 13mm, 0.61 grams. Fishman/Todd "The Silver Damma" (2018) #M49. SKU T24-36198

Very rare. The three-dot coins of Multan were only recently researched and published (see Fishman/Todd's recent catalogue "The Silver Damma" (2018))

Al-Rabi’ issued only one type of coin, showing a head on the obverse, which replaced the Arabic legends of the old type. His identity is unknown – the name “al-Rabi’” was not particularly rare and a number of prominent men with that name lived in the 8th and 9th century CE. In the absence of other information, it is reasonable to assume that al-Rabi’ was an Abbasid sub-governor, or a Sindh-appointed Amir or magistrate, in charge of Multan.