Rare HUGE (43mm!) silver multiple dirham of Mansur (961-976 AD), Badakhshan province, Samanid Empire

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Arabic inscriptions: "There is no God except Allah alone. He has no partner" in the central field, additional inscriptions in the margins/ "Allah is one, Allah is eternal. He begets not neither is he begotten" in the central field, "Mohamed is the prophet of Allah whom he sent with guidance and the religion of truth that he may make it victorious over every other religion". Mint in Badakhshan. 43mm, 9.40 grams. Album 1465.

With an added small hole to use this coin as jewelry.

Multiple dirhams were struck out of freshly mined and unrefined silver in the Samanid province of Badakhshan. These were not struck to any single standard (the weight of these pieces can vary from 5 to 15 grams) and probably fulfilled the role of bullion ingots as well as of (probably local) coinage. All these multiple dirhems are rare. The Samanids were a native dynasty in Central Asia and Greater Khorasan, named after its founder Saman Khuda who converted to Sunni Islam despite being from Zoroastrian theocratic nobility.