ABBASID Al-Mansur dirham 146 AH (763 AD) Basrah mint


ABBASID, Al-Mansur, 753-775 AD, dirham, 146 AH (763 AD), Basrah mint, silver, 23-25mm, 2.81g, A213.1, VG

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Al-Mansur took over the caliphate after his brother, Al-Saffah, died. After dealing with several rebellions he founded the city that became Baghdad and established a bureaucratic state.

The Abbasid revolution was a response to the nepotic corruption of the Umayyad government, which annoyed the disfavored elements of society to the extent that rich and poor united to throw the bums out. As always in that era the complaints were couched in religious terms, but it was about bad government.

The term “Islamic coins” refers to coins made by Muslim governments from the time of the first caliphs to an end point in time that varies with the particular country being considered, but is generally some time from the 17th to 19th century. There is a geographic exclusion: India and points east are generally considered separately. The main reference used here is “Checklist of Islamic Coins,” by Stephen Album.