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The first Islamic Coin

Unknown696 CE

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Dinar, struck in Damascus. Islamic coins were initially based on Byzantine prototypes and featured crosses, images of Byzantine rulers, and Greek inscriptions. In the year 696, however, Caliph Abd al-Malik initiated a program of financial reform and introduced a new coin, the gold dinar, which replaced the gold solidus used in the Byzantine period. From this point on, Islamic coins bore religious inscriptions in Arabic.

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  • Title: The first Islamic Coin
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 696 CE
  • Location: Capernaum
  • Type: Coin
  • Rights: Israel Antiquities Authority, Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem / by Peter Lanyi
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Gold
  • Dimensions: Diam. 1.9 cm
  • Curator: Brosh, Na'ama

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