ARTUQID in MARDIN Yuluk Arslan 1184-1200 AD bronze dirham


ARTUQID in MARDIN, Yuluk Arslan, 1184-1200 AD, dirham, 584 AH (1188 AD), Obverse: facing diademed bust, Reverse: legend in hexagram, date around, copper, 27mm, 10.23g, A1829.1, corroded, G/F

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Husam al-Din Yuluk Arslan build a mosque and made these coins, otherwise I didn’t find much history on him.

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.” They would occasionally fight with their Seljuk overlords, and there were also Crusaders mucking around. Some kind of trouble was always happening.

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.