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Early ARAB-SASANIAN, Umar b 'Ubayd Allah, (Zubayrid Govnr.) silver dirhem 689 AD
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Early ARAB-SASANIAN, Umar b 'Ubayd Allah, (Zubayrid Govnr.) silver dirhem 689 AD


Arab Sasanian.  'Umar ibn 'Ubayd Allah - Zubayrid Governor (circa 67 - 72h  [686 - 691 AD]), silver direhm dated year 70h (689 AD) of the mint of Ardashir Khurra (Firuzabad). 

Obverse : Four pellets to right and single pellet to left of star and crescent at 6h. Arabic legend; lillah al-hamd in margin; Wing-crowned bust right, breast ornament: pellet within annulet.    Reverse :  Mint name to right (ART) with pellet to either side; year 70 to left. Fire altar with atendant either side.

Album 21;  SICA 28.      31mm.     4.00gm.

Good Extremely Fine, well struck from well engraved dies.
After the Arab victory at Nahavand in 642 AD, the new Arab governors continued to mint Sasanian-style coins for another hundred years in Persia. These coins show the portrait of Khusrow II (590-628) on the obverse and a Zoroastrian fire altar on the reverse. This silver dirhem was minted by Umar ibn 'Ubayid Allah, the Arab governor in southern Persia at Ardashir Khurra, now known as Firuzabad.

The major difference between the two series Arab-Sasanian and Sasanian) is the presence of some additional Arabic inscription on most coins issued under Muslim authority, but some coins with no Arabic can still be attributed to the Islamic period. The Arab-Sasanian coinages are not imitations, since they were designed and manufactured by the same people as the late Sasanian issues, illustrating the continuity of administration and economic life in the early years of Muslim rule in Persia. There are Arabic inscriptions on both sides of the coin : the governor's name on the front and the mint and date on the back are in Middle Persian. The margin, however, shows in Arabic bismillah rabbi, 'in the name of Allah, the Lord'. The Sasanian crescent and star has remained popular to this day as a Muslim symbol.

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