Baldwin's to Auction The Horus Collection of Important Islamic Coins Baldwin's are delighted to be able to offer for sale in their Islamic Coin Auction 24, the superb Horus Collection of coins from the Islamic World. Comprising a total of 1,193 coins, the collection i
is Lot 4318, an Abu-Ja’far Muhammad al-Muntasir billah (247-248h), Gold Dinar, Surra man ra’a 248h, which carries a rather sinister story. Al-Muntasir organised the assassination of his father, al-Mutawakkil. It would appear that he, the usurper, was not widely recognised. The only mint which occasionally bears his name was that of Surra man ra’a, the caliphal residence in Samarra. The coin carries an estimate of £10,000 – 12,000.
The Horus Collection will be sold during a three day Baldwin’s auction extravaganza which will see part one of The David Fore Collection of British Indian coins and part three of The Bentley Collection of British Gold Sovereigns go under the hammer. The sales will be held between 7-9 May in London and will be closely followed by part two of the David Fore Collection on the 31st May. Catalogues will be available online at www.baldwin .co.uk in the five weeks prior to the events.
The catalogue for The Horus Collection is available to view online at www.baldwin.co.uk/auction-ica24
4085 Superb Complete Set of Umayyad Reform Coinage, with one of the finest examples of the 77h Dinar known, Gold Dinars (56), struck between the years 77h and 132h, they are anonymous and without mintname, but they were almost certainly struck at the seat of the caliphate in Damascus.
temp. ‘Abd al-Malik b. Marwan, 77h, 4,25g, about uncirculated.
In the year 77h of the Hijra the Caliph ‘Abd al-Malik introduced a fully Islamic gold Dinar carrying legends found in the Holy Qur’an. This is the most sought-after Islamic coin, whose legends set the pattern for centuries to come. This is one of the finest examples known.
4189 temp. Abu’l-‘Abbas ‘Abd Allah al-Saffah b. Muhammad (132-136h), Gold Dinar, no mint, 132h, 4.24g (A 210). Fine style, extremely fine and very rare.
This is the earliest date for the Abbasid gold coinage, which continued the Umayyad tradition of omitting the mint name from its legends. These Dinars were presumably struck at the caliphal residence and differences in the calligraphic style suggest that there was more than one mint that acually issued them. For example, there would have been a mint in Iraq and a second one in Egypt.
4318 Abu-Ja’far Muhammad al-Muntasir billah (247-248h), Gold Dinar, Surra man ra’a 248h, 4.00g (A 231). Good very fine and very rare.
bought A P de Clermont, July 2000
When al-Muntasir organised the assassination of his father, al-Mutawakkil, it would appear that he, the usurper, was not widely recognised. The only mint which occasionally bears his name was that of Surra man ra’a, the caliphal residence in Samarra.
4490 al-Muqtadir, Silver Dirham, (al)-Hurmuz 311h, 2.74g (A 246.2, an unrecorded mint for the Abbasid dynasty). Extremely fine and extremely rare.
Hurmuz, at the mouth of the Gulf, appears in the coinage record for the first time through this previously unrecorded Dirham. From its generally regular calligraphy it may be assumed that the dies were forwarded to Hurmuz, where a local die-sinker added