Nasrids of Granada

Gold Dinar

Obverse

Within double linear square: al-amir ‘Abd Allah/al-Musta’in billah Muhammad/ibn Yusuf ibn Muhammad ibn/Yusuf ibn Isma’il/ibn Nasr/ayyada Allah wa nasrahu talha “the Amir ‘Abd Allah al-Musta’in billah Muhammad son of Yusuf son of Muhammad son of Yusuf son of Isma’il son of Nasr may God protect him and give him the ultimate victory”

In each of the four segments at 12:00, 9:00, 6:00 and 3:00: wa la ghalab illa Allah “and no victory without God”

Reverse

Within double linear square: ya ayyuha al-ladhin/amanu usbiru/wa sabiru wa rabitu/wa ittaqu Allah/la‘allakum tufl ihun “Oh you who believe! Endure and be more patient (than your enemy) and guard your territory by stationing your army units permanently at the places where the enemy could attack you, and fear God, so that you may be successful” – Surah III (al-’Imran), v. 200

In marginal segments: at 12:00 taba‘ a, at 9:00 bi-Madinat, at 6:00 Gharnata, at 3:00 harsahu Allah “minted at the City of Granada, may God protect it!”

The Nasrids came into prominence after the death of the last Muwahhid ruler in 620 H/1223 CE. They originated in Andalusia (southern Spain) and appear to have taken a Muwahhid-like pride in their ancestry, tracing it back (with a number of omissions) to its beginning, and choosing an apt Qur’anic legend that would encourage their Muslim subjects to guard their lands against attack, obviously by the Christians. The coinage of the Nasrids is quite rare. Their gold dinars are of a very high quality and are usually found in excellent condition, which would indicate that they were not in daily use. Presumably they were issued more for ceremonial occasions than for use as common currency.

Nasrids of Granada

MaterialGold
TypeDinar
Ruleral-Musta’in billah Muhammad VII bin Yusuf I
MintMadinat Gharnata
DateUndated
Weight4.67g
Diameter31mm