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BM01598

Tulunid, Gold Dinar, citing Lu'Lu'.

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Tulunid, Ahmad b. Tulun (AH 254-270 / 868-884 AD), Gold Dinar, al-Rafiqa, AH 268, citing Lu'Lu in field, below b. Tulun and the Abbasid caliph al-Mu'tamid, also citing the caliph's heir apparent al-Muffawidh, 4.25g (Album 661 for type; Grabar 11). Good very fine, rare.

Lu'Lu', who is also named on silver Dirhams of al-Rafiqa of the same year, was Ahmad b. Tulun's deputy in Northern Syria. Very shortly after coins bearing his name were struck, Lu'Lu' rebelled against Ahmad b. Tulun and perhaps these coins were a precursor to that rebellion. He then allied himself with the Abbasid emperor directly and lent his troops to the Abbasid campaign against the Zanj. His change in loyalty may have been misguided however as, not long after the death of Ahmad b. Tulun, al-Muwaffaq, the Abbasid caliph's brother, arrested and imprisoned Lu'Lu', demanding payment of some 400,000 dinars.

This summary is in part drawn from an article on ibn Tulun by Michael Bonner. Ibn Tulun's Jihad: the Damascus assembly of 269/883, Journal of the American Oriental Society, October 2010 which is available online.

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