NLM-67EA51: Early Medieval Arab dirham fragment

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Unique ID: NLM-67EA51

Object type certainty: Certain
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Silver Coin fragment. Dirham of Harun Al-Rashid (789-809), as kindly identified by Paul Cannon, whose comment on the image presented here is rehearsed below. The coin is broken across a drilled aperture of diameter 2mm.

Paul Cannon kindly comments as follows: 'I believe this to be a fragment of an Abbasid period dirham. The coin was produced during the caliphate of Harun Al-Rashid [AH 170-193/ AD 786-809]. Instead of naming the ruler himself, the coin names his son and heir Mohammad (Al Amin). This coin also cites Ja'far, one of Rashid's viziers. Part of his name is clearly visible. For an example on line see http://www.zeno.ru/showphoto.php?photo=83320 This site contains several others of the same type. The mint and date are absent from the fragment.Album type 219.9 [A Checklist of Islamic Coins by Stephen Album, 2nd Edition, 1998]'

?Obverse description: Ornamented border; five angular characters below a horizontal feature.

?Reverse description: Ornamented border which may include a broadsword motif; a stepped linear motif which incorporates an uncertain number of characters.

Suggested date: Early Medieval, 800-950.

Diameter (in excess of): 22.3mm, Weight: 1.05gms.

Notes:

The British Museum clarified its advice on modified coins in April 2017. Single precious metal coins from the Iron Age to AD 1180 which have been modified in any way, including by a single piercing, are considered to fulfil the criteria for Treasure because they should be regarded as single precious metal objects. This item was recorded before the advice was clarified, otherwise it would have been reported as potential Treasure.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 789
Date to: Exactly AD 809

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.05 g
Diameter: 22.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 4th March 2014

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM25148a

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Fragment

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Dirham
Ruler/issuer: Uncertain Islamic ruler
Category: Islamic coin

Type: Arab: dirham, unidentified
Obverse description: Ornamented border; five angular characters below a horizontal feature Reverse description: Ornamented border which may include a broadsword motif; a stepped linear motif which incorporates an uncertain number of characters.
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)
To be known as: Binbrook

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NLM
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 2 months ago

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