ABBASID TABARISTAN Muqatil half dirham 139 PYE (789 AD)


ABBASID governors of TABARISTAN, Muqatil, 787-789 AD, half dirham, 139 PYE (789 AD), silver, 23mm, 1.83g, A68, XF-AU

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In Tabaristan up by the Caspian Sea the Sasanian governor dynasty endured through the Umayyads into the early Abbasid period when it was conquered by the Arabs. The local coinage was silver half drachms or dirhams they may have called them “zuz” of Sasanian style.

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.