Leu Numismatik AG > Web Auction 20Auction date: 16 July 2022
Lot number: 3477

Price realized: 240 CHF   (Approx. 245 USD / 243 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


ISLAMIC, Anatolia & al-Jazira (Post-Seljuk). Artuqids (Mardin). Nasir al-Din Artuq Arslan, AH 597-637 / AD 1200-1239. Dirham (Bronze, 29 mm, 11.79 g, 1 h), AH 606 = AD 1209/1210. Figure riding leopard to left, head and body facing, holding cup in her raised right hand and dagger in her raised left; around, legend in Kufic 'al-Malik al-alim al-adil Nasir al-Din Artuq Arslan Malik Diyarbakr'. Rev. Legend in Kufic in three lines 'al-Imam al-Nasir / li-din Allah Amir / al-Mu'minin'; around, legend in Kufic 'sitta / wa sitta/mi'a; in outer margin, legend in Kufic 'al-Malik al-Adil Saif al-Din Abu Bakr ibn Ayyub duriba bi-Mardin sanah'. Spengler & Sayles 39. Well struck and likely among the finest known. Nearly extremely fine.


From the Dr. David Majer Collection of Islamic coins and from an important collection of Ayyubid and post-Seljuk coins, Leu Web Auction 14, 12-13 December 2020, 1996.

Starting price: 50 CHF

Match 1:
Leu Numismatik AG > Web Auction 23Auction date: 22 August 2022
Lot number: 4334

Price realized: 180 CHF   (Approx. 188 USD / 187 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


ISLAMIC, Anatolia & al-Jazira (Post-Seljuk). Artuqids (Mardin). Najm al-Din Alpi, AH 547-572 / AD 1152-1176. Dirham (Bronze, 29 mm, 13.45 g, 7 h), uncertain mint (Mardin?). Large diademed male head to right; below, inverted laqab of Najm al-Din Alpi. Rev. Legend in Arabic in three lines, 'Malik al-umara / Abu al-Muzaffar / Alpi bin; Legend around in Arabic, 'Il-Ghazi / Timurtash bin / bin Artuq' (all in Kufic). Spengler & Sayles 27. Cleaning scratches and some deposits, otherwise, very fine.


The head on the obverse of this issue was copied from tetradrachms of the Seleukid King Antiochos VII (138-129 BC), who lived almost 1300 years before Najm al-Din Alpi. Time-wise, this is the equivalent of the portrait of the Byzantine emperor Leo III (717-741) appearing on a modern coin!

Starting price: 25 CHF

Match 2:
Leu Numismatik AG > Web Auction 20Auction date: 16 July 2022
Lot number: 3477

Price realized: 240 CHF   (Approx. 245 USD / 243 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


ISLAMIC, Anatolia & al-Jazira (Post-Seljuk). Artuqids (Mardin). Nasir al-Din Artuq Arslan, AH 597-637 / AD 1200-1239. Dirham (Bronze, 29 mm, 11.79 g, 1 h), AH 606 = AD 1209/1210. Figure riding leopard to left, head and body facing, holding cup in her raised right hand and dagger in her raised left; around, legend in Kufic 'al-Malik al-alim al-adil Nasir al-Din Artuq Arslan Malik Diyarbakr'. Rev. Legend in Kufic in three lines 'al-Imam al-Nasir / li-din Allah Amir / al-Mu'minin'; around, legend in Kufic 'sitta / wa sitta/mi'a; in outer margin, legend in Kufic 'al-Malik al-Adil Saif al-Din Abu Bakr ibn Ayyub duriba bi-Mardin sanah'. Spengler & Sayles 39. Well struck and likely among the finest known. Nearly extremely fine.


From the Dr. David Majer Collection of Islamic coins and from an important collection of Ayyubid and post-Seljuk coins, Leu Web Auction 14, 12-13 December 2020, 1996.

Starting price: 50 CHF

Match 3:
Leu Numismatik AG > Web Auction 20Auction date: 16 July 2022
Lot number: 3478

Price realized: 150 CHF   (Approx. 153 USD / 152 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


ISLAMIC, Anatolia & al-Jazira (Post-Seljuk). Artuqids (Mardin). Nasir al-Din Artuq Arslan, AH 597-637 / AD 1200-1239. Dirham (Bronze, 27 mm, 7.92 g, 7 h), AH 628 = AD 1230/1. Male figure seated facing and cross-legged on throne; placing his right hand on thigh and holding small orb in his left; in upper field to left and right, star; below, Artuqid tamgha; to left and right, 'Nasir al-Din Artuq Arslan' (in Kufic). Rev. In inner field, 'billah / al-Imam al-Mustansir / Amir al-Mu'minin / al-Malik al-Kamil / Muhammad'; to left and right, duriba sanah thaman wa 'ishrin wa sittami'a'; (all in Kufic). Spengler & Sayles 46. Repatinated, otherwise, very fine.

Starting price: 25 CHF

Match 4:
Leu Numismatik AG > Web Auction 20Auction date: 16 July 2022
Lot number: 3474

Price realized: 220 CHF   (Approx. 225 USD / 223 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


ISLAMIC, Anatolia & al-Jazira (Post-Seljuk). Artuqids (Mardin). Nasir al-Din Artuq Arslan, AH 597-637 / AD 1200-1239. Dirham (Bronze, 29 mm, 13.00 g, 5 h), probably Mardin, AH 598 = AD 1201/2. 'Nasir al-Din Artuq Arslan' (in Kufic) Diademed and draped male bust with long hair facing, placing his right hand on chest. Rev. 'Allah / al-Imam al-Nasir / li-din Amir al-mu'/minin' in Kufic within beaded six-pointed star; around, date. Spengler & Sayles 37.1. Repatinated, otherwise, very fine.

Starting price: 25 CHF

Match 5:
Nomos AG > obolos 23Auction date: 12 June 2022
Lot number: 1034

Price realized: 55 CHF   (Approx. 56 USD / 53 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


ISLAMIC, Anatolia & al-Jazira (Post-Seljuk). Artuqids (Mardin). Nasir al-Din Artuq Arslan, AH 597-637 / AD 1200-1239. Half dirham (Bronze, 23 mm, 6.81 g, 1 h), unlisted mint, possibly Mardin, AH 611 = AD 1214/1215. Nâsir al-Dunyâ wa al-Dîn Artuq Arslân Malik Diyârbakr (in Arabic) Bareheaded and draped bust facing slightly to left. Rev. Legend in five lines citing the Abbasid Caliph Al-Nasir in five lines; above, Artuqid tamgha between two stars; date in outer left and right margins. Album 1830.4. S&S Type 40. Very fine.


Starting price: 50 CHF

Match 6:
Leu Numismatik AG > Web Auction 20Auction date: 16 July 2022
Lot number: 3476

Price realized: 100 CHF   (Approx. 102 USD / 101 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


ISLAMIC, Anatolia & al-Jazira (Post-Seljuk). Artuqids (Mardin). Nasir al-Din Artuq Arslan, AH 597-637 / AD 1200-1239. Dirham (Bronze, 29 mm, 13.61 g, 9 h), Mardin, AH 599 = AD 1203. Crowned Centaur-archer running to right, stretching bow whose arrow is aimed at the wide-open jaws of dragon emerging from Centaur's tail; around, mint and date in Kufic. Rev. Legend in ornamental Kufic in four lines, 'al-Nasir li-din Allah Amir / al-Mu'minin al-Malik / al-'Adil Abu Bakr / Malik Diyarbakr Na'; Legend continues in Kufic around, 'sir al-Din / Artuq Ar-/slan / ibn Ayyub'. Spengler & Sayles 38.2. Repatinated and with cleaning scratches, otherwise, very fine.


From an Australian collection, ex Solidus 9, 8 October 2016, 801 and Künker 236, 7 October 2013, 1453.

Starting price: 25 CHF