SAMANID Mansur I ibn Nuh dirham 357 AH (968 AD) Balkh mint


SAMANID, Mansur I ibn Nuh, 961-976 AD, dirham, 357 AH (968 AD), Balkh mint, silver, 30mm, 4.72g, A1466, flat spots, aVF

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Mansur inherited a kingdom with money problems, which were never solved. The usual military, both internal and external, continued to drain the treasury. The Samanid realm shrank during his reign.

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.