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|Collection:||Antiquities - Ancient & Mediaeval Coins|
|Date:||AH 91 - AH 91|
|Manufacturer:||Wasit Mint - View history|
The earliest Islamic coins were copied from those of the Byzantine and Sasanian (Persian) empires and carried portraits based on those on the original coins. Although Islam does not actually forbid the use of images on money, there soon came to be a general feeling that such designs were inappropriate. So, in AH 77-79 (AD 696/97-698/99), the Caliph Abd al-Malik introduced new gold and silver coins like this, which only had lettering on them.
|Presented by Richard Falkiner, 1998.|