SAMANID Abd Al-Malik dirham 347 AH (958 AD) Al Shash mint


SAMANID, Abd Al-Malik, 954-61 AD, dirham, 347 AH (958 AD), Al Shash mint (Tashkent), silver, 34mm, 3.95g, A1462, weak spots, but better than usual, VF

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Abd Al-Malik had foreign military conflicts to deal with, but the big problem was that the army, controlled by Turks, had more power than the central government. He died from a fall while playing polo.

The Samanid brothers Nuh, Ahmad, Yahya, and Ilyas were governors for the Abbasid Caliphs in the 9th century AD. Successor rulers engaged in wars with each other. For a while there was a single Samanid Empire. The tendency of military governors to rebel eventually put an end to the dynasty.

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.