KARAMANID Pir Ahmad 1464-66 akje 870 AH (1465 AD) Konya mint


KARAMANID, Pir Ahmad, 1464-66, akje, 870 AH (1465 AD), Konya mint, silver, 0.85g, 0.88g, A1277, VF

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The akje started out being called a dirham. During later Mongol times there was significant inflation in the west. The form was shrinkage of the silver coinage rather than debasement. In the Beylik period following the breakup of the Mongol Empire the naming of the tiny silver coin “dirham” began to seem silly. The term “akje” (coin) emerged.

The Karamanids ruled one of the Anatolian Beyliks in the years between the Mongol and the Ottoman empire.

As the Mongol Empire decayed local rulers emerged everywhere. In western Anatolia a number of Turkish principalities emerged. Collectively they are known as the Anatolian Beyliks. One of them grew into the Ottoman Empire.

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.