Arabic inscriptions: Allah a'la 'abduhu nawruz ("God is the greatest, Nawruz is His slave") / Nawruz' name and titles. 16mm, 4.21 grams. Nimruz mint (?), minted in 1270's AD. Nyamaa -; Tye 129e1.1; Album 1978F. SKU T651-37067
Very rare coin of Qubilai Khan. Beautiful condition, nice brown patina. A coin of similar type was sold by CNG (sale 78 (2008), lot 1951) for 825$ plus fees.
Kublai Khan (September 23, 1215 February 18, 1294), was the fifth Khagan (Great Khan) of the Ikh Mongol Uls (Mongol Empire), reigning from 1260 to 1294, and the founder of the Yuan Dynasty, a division of the Mongol Empire. Kublai was the fourth son of Tolui (his second son with Sorghaghtani Beki) and a grandson of Genghis Khan. He succeeded his older brother Möngke as Khagan in 1260, but had to defeat his younger brother Ariq Böke in the Toluid Civil War lasting until 1264. This episode marked the beginning of disunity in the empire. Kublai's real power was limited to China and Mongolia, though as Khagan he still had influence in the Ilkhanate and, to a far lesser degree, in the Golden Horde. If one counts the Mongol Empire at that time as a whole, his realm reached from the Pacific to the Black Sea, from Siberia to modern day Afghanistan one fifth of the world's inhabited land area. In 1271, Kublai established the Yuan Dynasty, which ruled over present-day Mongolia, China, Korea, and some adjacent areas, and assumed the role of Emperor of China.