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Umayyad Caliphate. temp. Mu’awiya I ibn Abi Sufyan. AH 41-60 / AD 661-680. ‘Abdallah b. ‘Amir. AH 41-44 / AD 661-4. Uniface dirham weight.

CNG Islamic Auction 1
Lot: 2.
 Estimated: $ 3 000

Pre-Reform Coinage, Bronze

Sold For $ 3 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Umayyad Caliphate. temp. Mu’awiya I ibn Abi Sufyan. AH 41-60 / AD 661-680. ‘Abdallah b. ‘Amir. AH 41-44 / AD 661-4. Uniface dirham weight (11.1mm, 2.69g). al-amir ‘Abd / Allah ibn ‘Amir in two lines, traces of square frame around. Dark green patina. VF. Extremely rare.

‘Abdallah b. Amir b. Kurayz was a maternal cousin of the caliph ‘Uthman, under whom he served as Governor of Basra from AH 29-35.  He was later appointed Governor of Makka, a position he held from AH 35-36.  During the civil war he supported the cause of Mu‘awiya b. Abi Sufyan, and on becoming caliph Mu‘awiya reappointed ‘Abdallah b. Amir to the governorship of Basra.  He was dismissed from this post in AH 44 and appears to have retired from public life thereafter, dying in AH 53.

Arab-Sasanian drachms naming ‘Abdallah b. Amir were struck at a number of mints during his second governorship of Basra, all of which bear a version of his name in Pahlawi.  This weight appears to be the earliest object to bear the name of this important figure - a relative of one of the rashidun - written in Arabic script.

A lead seal recording Mu‘awiya’s removal of ‘Abdallah b. Amir from the governorship of Basra was offered at auction in London (Baldwin’s Islamic Coin Auction 19, 25 April 2012, lot 5, estimate £250,000-300,000).

The final winners of all CNG Islamic Auction 1 lots will be determined at the live online sale that will be held on 25 May 2022, beginning at 10:00 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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