ABBASID Al-Muqtadir dirham 320 AH (932 AD) Madinat Al Salaam


ABBASID, Al-Muqtadir, 908-932 AD, dirham, 320 AH (932 AD), Madinat Al Salaam, silver, 26mm, 3.14g, A246.2, weak spots, VF

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Al-Muqtadir became caliph at age 13, a puppet following another puppet. He was interested in partying. Palace factions ran wild, Out in the periphery the Fatimids conquered North Africa and most of Egypt. An attempted coup was defeated, but the treasury was empty, and he was assassinated in the street one day.

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.