Hudid of Murcia

Gold Dinar

Obverse

Within double linear square: bism Allah al-rahman al-rahim/salla-’Allah ala Muhammad ‘ala wa’alihai  “in the name of God the merciful, the compassionate, God’s blessings be upon Muhammad and his family, no deity other than God, Muhammad is the messenger of God”

In marginal segments: at 12:00 al-khalifa, at 9:00 al-Imam, at 6:00 al-‘abbasi, at 3:00 amir al-mu’minin “the caliph, the Abbasid Imam, commander of the faithful”

Reverse

Within double linear square: al-Qa’im bi-amr Allah/al-khalifa al-Imam/al-‘abbasi amir al-mu’minin/ibn al-khalifa al-rashidun “he who exercises the commands of God, the caliph, the Abbasid Imam, commander of the faithful, son of the orthodox caliph”

In marginal segments: at 12:00 wa al-hukm, at 9:00 ilah wahda, at 6:00 la ilah illa huwa, at 3:00 al-rahman al-rahim “and your God is a single god, there is no god but He, the merciful, the compassionate”

Hazard states that this coin was probably struck by partisans of the rulers of Murcia when they held Sabta briefly in the year 630 H/1232-1233 CE during the reign of the Abbasid Caliph al-Mustansir billah. The coin is inscribed in magnificent Naskhi calligraphy in the style of the al-Muwahhid coinage. However, it was issued by partisans of the Abbasid caliphate, a political allegiance known to have been taken by the Sunni rulers of Murcia, and so specified twice on this coin.

Hudid of Murcia

MaterialGold
TypeDinar
RulerAbu-‘Abd Allah Muhammad I bin Yusuf,
MintSabta
DateUndated
Weight4.56g
Diameter27mm