Samanid of Khurasan & Central Asia

Gold Medalion Dinar

Obverse

In field within double circle: la ilah illa/Allah wahda-hu/la sharik lahu “no deity other than the One God, He has no associate”

Inner margin anticlockwise from 12.00: bism Allah duriba hadha’l-dinar bi-Naysabur sitt wa thalath mi’a “in the name of God this dinar was struck in Naysabur the year six and three hundred”

Outer margin within single linear circle surrounded by four single annulets at 12:00, 9:00, 6:00 and 3:00 anticlockwise from 12.00: lillah al-amr min qabl wa min bad wa yawma‘idhin yafrahu al-mu’minum bi-nasr Allah “the command is God’s, past and future, and on that day the faithful will rejoice in the victory granted by God” – Surah XXX (al-Rum) v. 4

Reverse

In field within single circle: lillah/Muhammad/rasul Allah/al-Muqtadir billah/Nasr bin Ahmad “for God, Muhammad is the messenger of God, al-Muqtadir billah, Nasr bin Ahmad”
In margin within single circle surrounded by four single annulets at 12:00, 9:00, 6:00 and 3:00 anticlockwise from 12.00: Muhammad rasul Allah arsalahu bi’l-huda wa-din al-haqq li-yuzhirahu ‘ala al-din kullihi wa law kariha al-mushrikun “Muhammad is the messenger of God who sent him with guidance and the religion of truth that he might make it supreme over all other religions, even though the polytheists may detest it”
– Surah IX (al-Tauba) v. 33

This is an example of the rare presentation coinage issued by a dynasty other than the Abbasids. It is interesting to note that while the legends, for the most part, are inscribed in the conventional Kufic script used elsewhere in the Muslim world, the actual issuer’s name in the reverse field of this coin was inscribed in flowing Naskhi script. This may have been a further attempt to make this special coinage both attractive in appearance and personal to the ruler.

Samanid of Khurasan & Central Asia

MaterialGold
TypeMedalion Dinar
Ruleral-Malik al-Sa’id Nasr II bin Ahmad
MintNaysabur (Nishapur in eastern Iran)
Date306 H (918-919 CE)
Weight3.96g
Diameter22mm