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Dirham
N 15463
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Unusual combination of Arabic and Chinese on an Islamic coin. It is unique. Only few specimens exist.

History of the Object
A Turkoman Dynasty of the Salghurids originally served under the Great Seljuqs. At the end of the 1140s they established themselves as independent rulers in Shiraz. This coin, minted under the lady ruler Abish, bearing Arabic inscriptions exclusively , has the Chinese character bao (money) sideways in reverse field. According to Ilkhanid sources, the Mongol Governor Inkiyanu was recalled and sent to China because of having placed “a secret symbol” in Chinese on the Shiraz coins.

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Type
Coins and medals 
Materials
Silver 
Measurements
Width 21.8 mm. Length 22 mm.  
Creator name
Minted under the Salghurid ruler Abish bint Saad. 
Creator date
AH 662-86/ AD 1263-87. 
Where it was made
Iran; Shiraz 
Geography
Iran 
Time period
AD 13th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
13th Century; AH [6]65. 
Function
Means of payment. 
Acquisition
Acquired by the museum in 2004. 
Copyright
The National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, the Czech Republic 
Museum
National Museum; Nàprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures 
Credit line
Courtesy the National Museum – the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, Prague, Czech Republic. 

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