Leu Numismatik AG > Web Auction 20Auction date: 16 July 2022
Lot number: 3475

Price realized: 300 CHF   (Approx. 306 USD / 304 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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ISLAMIC, Anatolia & al-Jazira (Post-Seljuk). Artuqids (Mardin). Husam al-Din Yuluq Arslan, AH 580-597 / AD 1184-1200. Dirham (Bronze, 31 mm, 11.58 g, 12 h), AH 585-589 = AD 1189-1193. Draped and crowned bust in left field facing, head turned slightly to right, looking at diademed Roman style head to left; above, legend in Kufic bearing the name and title of Husam al-Din, Malik of Diyār Bakr. Rev. Legend in Kufic bearing the name of al-Nasir I Salah al-Din Yusuf, the preserver of the state and commander of the faithful. Spengler & Sayles 34. Patina stripped and retoned, otherwise, good very fine.


From a European collection, acquired before 2021.

The reverse of this issue mentions al-Nasir I Salah al-Din Yusuf, the famous Saladin, who was the Ayyubid overlord of the Artuqids of Mardin. The coin was struck at a time when Saladin was at the height of his power, and the obverse is probably a depiction of an astrological event that took place in 585 AH = 1189 AD, when Jupiter passed in front of the Sun. The smaller bust, which is farther away and wears a crown with tines resembling flames, thus represents the Sun, whereas the larger, nearer bust is the occulting Jupiter. The coin is not dated, but two events narrow down the time frame in which this coin was struck - the first one being the aforementioned occultation from AH 585 = AD 1189, the second being the death of Saladin in AH 589 AH = AD 1193.

Starting price: 25 CHF