ARTUQID in MARDIN Najm Al Din Ghazi I 1239-1261 AD dirham


ARTUQID in MARDIN, Najm Al Din Ghazi I, 1239-1261 AD, dirham, date missing (655 AH (1257 AD)), Mardin, Obverse: Kalima in square, Reverse: 6-lobed rosette in double circle, mint and date around, silver, 20mm, 2.9g, A1834.1, crude, dark, F

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The Seljuks appointed governors to run their provinces, and the governors tried to form dynasties. Sometimes they succeeded. Some of those governors also served as tutors for the Seljuk future rulers, and when those people inherited their position, perhaps there was that governor ready to “help.” Those were called “Atabegs.”

Among the families of governors appointed to administer the Seljuk holdings who served as Atabegs were the Artuqids,

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.