KHWAREZMSHAH, ‘Ala Al-Din Muhammad, 1200-1220 AD, jital

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KHWAREZMSHAH, ‘Ala Al-Din Muhammad, 1200-1220 AD, jital, no date, (c. 693-697 AD), no mint (probably Shafurqan), Obverse: horseman with falcon L, in corcile and beaded circle, Reverse: AL SULTAN AL ‘AZAM MUHAMMAD BIN AL SULTAN, billon, 14mm, 3.43g, T217, a bit off center, aVF

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The references for this is: Jitals, by Robert Tye.

The Khwarezmshahs started out as governors for the Great Seljuks in Central Asia, who became strong as the Seljuks grew weak. Over three sultans their holdings grew from what is now Uzbekistan and Tajikistan into Afghanistan and Pakistan and northern Iran. Chingis Khan sent a trade delegation to the court of the Khwarezmshah ‘Alauddin Muhammad, who insulted them and sent them home. That event made Chingis mad, and he embarked on his career of world conquest.

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.