Leu Numismatik AG > Web Auction 20Auction date: 16 July 2022
Lot number: 3277

Price realized: 190 CHF   (Approx. 194 USD / 193 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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ISLAMIC, Umayyad Caliphate. temp. 'Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan, AH 65-86 / AD 685-705. Fals (Bronze, 20 mm, 3.85 g, 3 h), 'Standing Caliph' type, Tanukh, AH 74-80 = AD 693/4-699/700. Caliph standing facing, bearded, placing his right hand on the pommel of his sword and whip hanging from his right elbow; around, 'J li' abd Allah' abd al-Malik Amir al-Mu'minin' ('for the servant of Allah, Abd al-Malik, Commander of the Faithful' in Kufic). Rev. Transformed cross standing on three steps; in left field, mint bi-tanukh ('in Tanukh' in Kufic); in right field, wāf ('full weight' in Kufic); around, part of the first Kalima reading 'la ilaha illa Allah wahdahu Muhammad rasul Allah' ('There is no God but Allah alone; Muhammad is the messenger of Allah'). Album 656. DOCAB 129. Goodwin, Standing Caliph Coinage, Tanukh, Type I. Some areas of weakness, otherwise, very fine.

From a European collection, formed before 2005.

'bi-tanukh' does likely not refer to a mint but instead to the Banu Tanukh, an Arab tribe that lived in and around the Hauran. The Tanukhids were Christianized in the 3rd and 4th centuries and fought the Persians and Muslims as Roman foederati until the disastrous battle of Yarmouk in 636, in which Khalid ibn al-Walid defeated the Byzantine emperor Heraklios and his local allies. The Tanukhids were subjected to Muslim rule thereafter, but they remained staunchly Christian for at least another century before finally being converted to Islam under the Abbasid Caliph Al-Mahdi (AH 158-159 / AD 775-785).

Starting price: 25 CHF