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
the name of the town in a much cruder hand after the article al. This was not actually used in the name of Hurmuz, but was probably placed there by the original manufacturers of the dies because they were sent to many mints where the article al was used.
4507 Anonymous, Silver Dirham, Murara 155h, 2.64g (unrecorded mint and date for issue). Very fine and extremely rare.
ex Münzen & Medaillen auction, Basel, 4 December 1989, lot 325
This remarkable coin is a copy of an Umayyad Dirham. At the time it was struck only the Spanish Umayyads were employing this style for their silver coinage with the mint name al-Andalus. The reading Murara is conjectural because it is not found elsewhere in the coinage record. It is likely that the locality was somewhere in the Maghrib where Abbasid authority was tenuous, and centres of anti-Abbasid revolution flourished, but left few hints as to their location and leadership.
4508 temp. Ibrahim I b. al-Aghlab (184-196h), Gold Dinar, no mint, 189h, 4.217g (al-‘Ush, Monnaies Aglabides, 1-2 refs). About extremely fine and extremely rare.
This is the earliest Aghlabid Dinar. While the Dirhams of Ibrahim I regularly bore his own name, his exceedingly rare gold coinage bore only the family's motto, Ghalab ("victory") on the reverse.
4583 Ishaq, Khusraw and Ja’far, Gold Dinar, Filastin 365h, 4.16g (A -). About extremely fine and extremely rare.
bought A P de Clermont, October 1998
The Qarmatids appear to have exercised a collective leadership, but it is only on this exceptionally rare coin that three of their names were specified.
4614 al-‘Aziz, Gold Dinar, al-Qahira al-Mahrusa 383h, 4.05g (Nicol 696; A 703). Very fine and extremely rare.
ex Baldwin's Auction 18, October 1998, lot 559
4777 al-Zahir Baybars, Caliph al-Hakim, Gold Dinar, al-Qahira 661h, obv Baybars' regal titles with leopard to left, rev field: bismillah/al-Imam al-Hakim bi amr/Allah abu’l-‘Abbas/Ahmad Amir al-Mu’minin, margin: mint and date, 4.94g. Extremely fine, extremely rare and unrecorded.
bought A P de Clermont, July 2004
After the death of the caliph Ahmad al-Mustansir a fresh Abbasid claimant turned up in the form of Ahmad al-Hakim, a fifth generation descendant of the caliph al-Rashad II. It was stated by Balog that he was never recognised on the Cairo coinage, but only on that struck in Syria. This previously unrecorded Dinar, however, confirms that received recognition in Egypt in the year 661h, albeit for a very brief time.
4799 al-Ashraf ‘Ala al-din Kujuk (742h), Gold Dinar, al-Qahira 74(2)h, 6.31g (Balog -; A 927). Good very fine and extremely rare.
bought AP de Clermont, November 2002
4941 Salim I b. Bayazid II (918-926h), Gold Sultani, Si‘ird 922h (on both sides), 3.52g (Pere 123 var; A 1314). About extremely fine and extremely rare.
This extraordinarily rare coin was a product of Salim the Grim's conquests in south-eastern Anatolia from the forces of the Safawid Shah Isma’il I. Its calligraphy is distinctive and