Stephen Album Rare Coins > Auction 44Auction date: 15 September 2022
Lot number: 194

Price realized: 375 USD   (Approx. 375 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


UMAYYAD: AE fals (4.11g), Sarakhs, AH125, A-F205, citing the local governor cited in the obverse margin, tentatively read as hattin bin khalid, with the father's name almost certain, the kalima divided between the obverse margin and the reverse center, mint and date in the reverse margin; some weakness, unique, VF, RRRR. This fals is newly discovered and the only known Umayyad copper coin of Sarakhs, which is a well-known Umayyad silver dirham mint.

Estimate: 200-300 USD

Starting price: 170 USD

Match 1:
Stephen Album Rare Coins > Auction 44Auction date: 15 September 2022
Lot number: 569

Price realized: 375 USD   (Approx. 375 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


QARA-KHITAY (Western Liao): temp. Yelü Dashi, 1124-1143, AE fals (2.62g), NM, ND, A-3490, cf. Zeno-29201, Sunni kalima divided between obverse & reverse, with the name Sa'd (above reverse, barely legible on this piece), possibly Muslim name of Yelü Dashi, above the obverse; the date formula fills the obverse margin, citing the caliph al-Muqtafi (reigned AH530-555) below the reverse field, F-VF, RRR. The Western Liao, known as the Qara-Khitay ("black cathay") were originally nomadic tribes from northern China. They eventually fled through Mongolia, first to Xinjiang, later into areas of modern Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, and established their capital at Balasaghun, located in the Chuy Valley east of Bishkek and slightly south of the Chu River, which divides the two modern countries. They are numismatically better known for their Chinese cash coins, either in normal or imitative Chinese characters. Examples of those extremely rare cash coins were sold in our Auction 23, Lots 691 & 692 (Zeno 63045 & 98637, respectively). The Islamic Qara Khitay coins are found almost exclusively at the medieval site at Krasnaya Rechka, located between Bishkek and Balasaghun.

Estimate: 200-300 USD

Starting price: 170 USD

Match 2:
Stephen Album Rare Coins > Auction 45Auction date: 26 January 2023
Lot number: 1832

Price realized: Unsold
Lot description:


UMAYYAD: AE fals (0.86g) (Tirmidh), ND, A-N205, anonymous; with the value sittin bi-dirham ("sixty to the dirham") after the mint name; undeciphered legend in reverse center after Allah // the full kalima, divided between the center and margin, crude VF, RR. JThhis is the third known Umayyad fals from Tirmidh; the first was in our Auction 44, Lot 195 (identical style, different dies); the 2nd is also in this auction.

Estimate: 150-200 USD

Match 3:
Stephen Album Rare Coins > Auction 45Auction date: 26 January 2023
Lot number: 1829

Price realized: 160 USD   (Approx. 147 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


UMAYYAD: AE fals (1.83g), Marw, AH116, A-B204.1, cf. Zeno-209367, citing Asad b. 'Abd Allah and the denomination sittin bi-dirham ("sixty to a dirham") in the reverse margin, mint & date in the obverse margin; kalima divided between the two fields, VF, RRR.

Estimate: 130-170 USD

Match 4:
Stephen Album Rare Coins > Auction 45Auction date: 26 January 2023
Lot number: 1831

Price realized: 120 USD   (Approx. 111 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


UMAYYAD: AE fals (1.57g), Tirmidh, ND, A-N205, presumably anonymous; with the value sittin bi-dirham ("sixty to the dirham") after the mint name; undeciphered legend in reverse center after Allah // the full kalima, divided between the center and margin, crude VF to EF, RRR. This is the second known specimen; the first sold in our Auction 44, Lot 195 (identical legends, different dies).

Estimate: 150-200 USD

Match 5:
Stephen Album Rare Coins > Auction 45Auction date: 26 January 2023
Lot number: 206

Price realized: 750 USD   (Approx. 691 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


UMAYYAD: AE fals (3.36g), al-Anbâr, ND, A-N196, citing the governor read as Musa, together with his subordinate governor Ahmad (legend mimma amara bihi amir musa 'ala yaday ahmad), with the obverse field bearing the phrase amara Allah bi'l-wafa wa'l-'adl, the mint formula around; late Umayyad or early Abbasid by style, VF. This is the third reported specimen of this mint (first in our Auction 40, Lot 203, the 2nd also in this present auction). By style and source I now believe that it was the eastern mint, not Iraqi, as previously suggested. Anbâr was located in eastern Khorasan, near Shafurqan in modern Afghanistan.

Estimate: 200-300 USD