Leu Numismatik AG > Web Auction 25Auction date: 11 March 2023
Lot number: 3692

Price realized: 240 CHF   (Approx. 261 USD / 244 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Lot description:

ISLAMIC, Anatolia & al-Jazira (Post-Seljuk). Artuqids (Mardin). Najm al-Din Alpi, AH 547-572 / AD 1152-1176. Dirham (Bronze, 33 mm, 15.48 g, 3 h). Two diademed heads facing, turned slightly away from one another; legend around in Kufic, 'la ilaha illa Allah / Muhammad rasul Allah / al-Mustanjid billah / Amir al-Mu'minin'. Rev. Youthful female head facing within beaded circle; around within beaded circle, legend in Kufic, 'Najm al-Din / Malik Diyarbakr / Alpi ibn Il-Ghazi / ibn Artuq'. Spengler & Sayles 30.1. Repatinated, otherwise, about extremely fine.

From a European collection, formed before 2005.

The heads on the obverse may represent the Gemini constellation, in which case the female head on the reverse would represent Virgo. Gemini and Virgo are the day and night houses of the planet Mercury.

Starting price: 25 CHF