ILKHANS Hulagu 1256-1265 AD dirham of Al-Jazirah mint


ILKHANS, Hulagu, 1256-1265 AD, dirham, no date, Al Jazirah mint, Obverse: legend, Reverse: legend, silver, 25-27mm, 2.74g, A2122, dark spots, part weak, F-VF

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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.