SAMANID Nuh II ibn Mansur dirham 384 AH (994 AD) Balkh mint


SAMANID, Nuh II ibn Mansur, 976-997 AD, dirham, 384 AH (994 AD), Balkh mint, silver, 32mm, 3.42g, A1470, weak spots, aVF

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There was war during the entirety of the reign. A campaign against the Buwayhids went badly. There was rebellion and fighting between factions in the army. Meanwhile, the Qarakhan Turks became powerful and split a chunk of the eastern provinces.

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.