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Islamic coins

Rym Tina Ghazal2014

FIND : NYU Abu Dhabi / New York

FIND : NYU Abu Dhabi / New York

In the late first century after the Hijra, specifically in the year 77 AH (696 AD), the Muslims minted their first, own coins during the reign of the Umayyad Khalifah, Abdul Malik Ibn Marwan. The striking of Islamic coins continued in subsequent centuries in various countries and under various Islamic reigns. The dinar was traditionally made of gold, and the dirham of silver; for thousands of years, they have been used in trade and exchange across the region.

Image created by FIND Contributor Rym Tina Ghazal for her story “The Coins and Currency Detective.”

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