|Leu Numismatik AG > Web Auction 20||Auction date: 16 July 2022|
|Lot number: 3473|
Price realized: 140 CHF (Approx. 143 USD / 142 EUR) Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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ISLAMIC, Anatolia & al-Jazira (Post-Seljuk). Artuqids (Mardin). Qutb al-Din Il-Ghazi II, AH 572-580 / AD 1176-1184. Dirham (Bronze, 33 mm, 15.98 g, 8 h), AH 580 = AD 1184. Two Byzantine style busts, draped and wearing headwear, the larger bust with dishevelled hair, the smaller bust with a close-fitting hat; above, date (in Kufic). Rev. In inner field, 'al-Nasir lil-din / Amir al-Mu'minin / Hadha al-Dirham / (v-in-V) mal'un man / yu\ayyiruhu'; in margin, 'Husam al-Din / Najm al-Din ibn / Qutb al-Din ibn'; (all in Kufic). Spengler & Sayles 32.4. Minor deposits, otherwise, good very fine.
From the Dr. David Majer Collection of Islamic coins, formed over the past two decades.
The obverse is probably a depiction of an astrological event that took place in 576 AH = 1180/1 AD, when the planet Mercury passed the face of the Sun. If this interpretation is correct, the larger bust, with disheveled hair resembling flames, represents the Sun, whereas the smaller bust is an image of Mercury.
Starting price: 50 CHF