KAKWAYHID, Faramurz, 1041-1051 AD, gold dinar


KAKWAYHID, Faramurz, 1041-1051 AD, dinar, 435 AH (1043 AD), Isfahan mint, Obverse: 4-line legend in double circle, marginal legend around, citing Seljuk overlord as Sultan, Reverse: spur above 4-line legend in double circle: Kalima continued, Â…FARAMURZ, without “Shams,” marginal legend around, gold, 24mm, 3.62g, A1592, beautiful AU-Unc

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The Faramurz gold dinar is the most common Islamic gold coin, usually encountered in high grade.

The Kakwayhids were a Persian dynasty, one of several that emerged from the Daylam region on the south coast of the Caspian Sea.

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.