ILKHANS Arghun 1284-1291 AD half dirham


ILKHANS, Arghun, 1284-1291 AD, half dirham, date missing, mint missing (Neesabor), Obverse: Kalima in square, Reverse: legend in Arabic & Mongol, silver, 14mm, 1.5g, A2147, Album= R, part weak, VF

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Ilkhan is a version of the name of the founder, the Mongol Hulagu, son of Tolui, grandson of Chingis Khan. The dynasty was powerful and wealthy 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.