ILKHANS Abu Said 1317-1335 AD 2 dirhams contemporary counterfeit


ILKHANS, Abu Said, 1317-1335 AD, 2 dirhams, date missing, Tabriz mint, Obverse: legend in and around “mihrab” shape, Reverse: legends in and around ornamented square, copper, 21mm, 2.56g, A2200.2, it might be a modern fake, but I think it is a contemporary counterfeit, F

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Ilkhan is a Persianization of the name of the founder, the Mongol Hulagu, son of Tolui, grandson of Chingis Khan. It was powerful and wealth for about a century, then the twin scourges of dynastic wars and the Black Plague hit it hard and it fell apart.

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.