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BM01967

Umayyad, Silver Dirham, al-Andalus, AH105.

Islamic Spain, Umayyad, temp. Yazid II b. 'Abd al-Malik (AH 101-105 / 720-724 AD), Silver Dirham, al-Andalus, AH 105, 2.93g (Klat 118b). Extremely fine, rare.

In AH 105 the calligraphy on al-Andalus Dirhams changed from a rounded style associated with Damascus, to a more angular style associated with Wasit and the east. The present coin bears the early Damascus style calligraphy and is rarer than the Wasit style al-Andalus Dirhams, introduced later in AH 105 and minted until AH 135. Broadly speaking, Al-Andalus escaped the Abbasid revolution and the Umayyad prince Abd al-Rahman survived the Umayyad massacre. He fled to Spain where he gained supporters and ultimately established the Emirate of Cordoba, the Spanish Umayyads. Silver coinage of the Spanish Umayyads, the numismatic successor to the mint of al-Andalus, is known from AH 138.

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