SAMANID Nuh I ibn Nasr dirham 339 AH (950 AD) Ma’dan mint


SAMANID, Nuh I ibn Nasr, 943-954 AD, dirham, 339 AH (950 AD), Ma’dan mint, silver, 32mm, 4.7g, A1456, edge flaws, F

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Nuh became Amir after he thwarted a coup against his father and then convinced him to abdicate. There were revolts immediately. There was war with the neighboring Buwayhids for the entirety of the 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.