YORYM-FB7039: Early-Medieval Coin : Contemporary imitation of Abbasid silver dirham

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Unique ID: YORYM-FB7039

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Treasure Case: 2012 T155


Contemporary imitation of Abbasid silver dirham, probably late 9th century or early 10th century, four round piercings , 2.97 g. EMC 2012.0081.


Dr Lutz Ilisch comments: 'A rather typical specimen for a group of very crude imitative dirhams, which turn up characteristically in hoards of the very late 9th century and around 900. They have only one marginal "legend", generally transformed into tamgha-like signs, on both sides and a circle around the field on both sides. They are probably Khazar, but other origins in Eastern Europe and Northern Caucasia are possible. Typical examples are Stora Velinge I 2658, Klukowicze 920, Jena 1, 1420. Rispling calls them Group B2 and dates them to the second half of the 9th century.'

The four piercings indicate secondary use as a decorative object, possibly as a brooch fitting.

Dimensions: 26 mm diameter.

As we have no evidence that this find was discovered post- 24 September 1997 we must evaluate it under Treasure Trove laws. Under Treasure Trove evidence would have to point to the object having been deliberately hidden with the intention of recovery. The coin is most likely to be a casual loss and therefore does not constitute treasure.

Author: Dr Martin Allen, Senior Assistant Keeper, Department of Coins and Medals, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge CB2 1RB.


Evidence of reuse: Piercings

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being declared not Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2012T155


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 850
Date to: Circa AD 950
Period of reuse: UNKNOWN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 2.97 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths
Identified by: Dr Martin Allen

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2012T155

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Dirham
Category: Islamic coin
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Ryedale (District)
To be known as: Near Acklam

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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