MUWAHHID Anonymous square silver dirham 1163-1269+


MUWAHHID, Anonymous, dirham, no date (1163-1269+), no mint, square, silver plated base metal, 15mm square, 1.53g, A496, contemporary counterfeit, maybe Christian, probably from Spain, aVF

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The Muwahhidun (Almohads) started as a conservative reformist Islamic movement in rural Morocco. It quickly became political. They conquered most of western North Africa, and the rulers declared themselves caliphs, making up to three competing caliphs at times. At the height of their power they controlled large areas of Spain.

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.