Abbasid Caliphate. Dimashq (Damascus). Al-Mutawakkil AH 245.
21 mm, 4,24 g
Legends in four lines and in outer margin / Legends in four lines and in outer margin.
Cf: Bernardi 185Ge (date not listed).
Unpublished, and unique with this unlisted date. Cf. A similar example known for Damascus dinars of this type but with a different date (241h) also unlisted date as the one we offer, see Morton Eden Auctions 99-100, lot #24. On the Obv. of the coin named al-Mu‘tazz billah, He's Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn Jaʿfar, better known by his regnal title al-Muʿtazz bi-ʾllāh, "He who is strengthened by God") was the Abbasid caliph from 866 to 869, during a period of extreme internal instability within the Abbasid Caliphate, known as the "Anarchy at Samarra. Originally named as the second in line of three heirs of his father al-Mutawakkil, al-Mu'tazz was forced to renounce his rights after the accession of his brother al-Muntasir, and was thrown in prison as a dangerous rival during the reign of his cousin al-Musta'in. He was released and raised to the caliphate, during the civil war between al-Musta'in and the Turkish military of Samarra. Al-Mu'tazz was capable and determined to reassert the authority of the caliph over the Turkish military, but had only limited success. Aided by the vizier Ahmad ibn Isra'il, he managed to remove and kill the leading Turkish generals, Wasif al-Turki and Bugha al-Saghir, but the decline of the Tahirids in Baghdad deprived him of their role as a counterweight to the Turks . Faced with the assertive Turkish commander Salih ibn Wasif, and unable to find money to satisfy the demands of his troops, he was deposed and died of ill treatment a few days later. Also, on the center of the Rev. named ''al-Mutawakkil" He's Abu al-Faḍl Jaʽfar ibn Muḥammad al-Muʽtaṣim billāh, better known by his regnal name al-Mutawakkil ʽalà Allāh, "He who relies on God") was the 10th Abbasid caliph, under whose reign the Abbasid Empire reached its territorial height. He succeeded his brother al-Wathiq. Deeply religious, he is known as the caliph who ended the Mihna (persecution against many Islamic scholars). From the Tareq Hani collection.