MUZAFFARID Shah Shuja’ 1358-1386 AD silver 2 dinars


MUZAFFARID, Shah Shuja’, 1358-1386 AD, 2 dinars, no date, Iazd mint, Obverse: name and titles, Reverse: Kalima and mint, ornamental central circle, silver, 20-23mm, 2.11g, A2282.8, crude, F

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Shah Shuja’ came to power by killing his father, which was considered bad form in the World of Islam at that time. He went on to expand the realm and promote the arts, becoming the patron of the great poet Hafiz Shirazi.

The Muzaffarids were governors for the Ilkhan Mongols who became independent when the Mongol government collapsed.

The Mongol conquest of almost all of Asia in the 13th century created the largest empire the world had ever seen. But their succession system was as primitve as it could be, and the empire fragmented in about a century. Local dynasties sprung up amongst the Mongol inheritance kingdoms. In Iran the Muzaffarid dynasty of governors for the Mongols continued as independent rulers.

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.