Arab-Byzantine Help?

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  1. wegm10

    wegm10 New Member

    Yet again I've gone and picked up an Arab-Byzantine coin without the knowledge to properly identify it! Two questions:
    1. Any help identifying the piece attached here would be much appreciated.
    2. I'd be glad for any guidance on getting up to speed on these. I was thinking to purchase Clive Foss's Arab-Byzantine Coins and was wondering if that was a good place to start.

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  3. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    The closest match that I found in my very brief search is this:

    Umayyad Caliphate, Arab-Byzantine: Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan (685-705 CE) Æ Fals, Halab (Aleppo) Mint (Album-3529; SICA I, 615-625)

    Here's a link to a discussion about this coin and other coins of this type.

    Here are a couple of other examples:

    ARAB-BYZANTINE, Circa 693-700 AD
    Amman. temp. Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan AH 65-86. Standing caliph Type
    Fals AE
    Caliph standing facing, holding sword / Capital M; monogram above, A below instead of circle-on-steps, without mint and star, stylistically identical to the normal Standing Caliph fulus, of 'Amman mint Shahada in Arabic around (La Ilah Ila Allah Mohamed Rasul Allah).
    Abt. VF with a nice reverse. Dark brown patina.
    cf: A-3542. A-M3545, W-104. SNAT-716. (RRR). Cf. A similar example see Album Auction #22, lot #120 From the Tareq Hani collection.

    3.62 grams

    D-Camera Byzantine Arab imitation follis standing caliph type 3.62g Isreael 10-21 1023-21.jpg

    ARAB-BYZANTINE, Circa 692-700 AD
    'Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan I
    Standing Caliph
    AE fals
    Amman Mint
    Obverse: Caliph standing facing, holding hilt of sword; لعبد الله عبد الملك اميرالمومنين (for the servant of God, 'Abd al-Malik, commander of the believers) in Arabic around.
    Reverse: Transformed Φ-type cross potent set on steps; on its right in Arabic downward, Amman, on the left a star, لا اله الا الله و حده محمد رسول الله = (There is no God but Allah alone, Muhammad is the apostle of Allah) in Arabic around. Very nice for this type.
    A-3542, SNAT-717 ff

    2.7 grams

    D-Camera Arab Umayyad Fals Amman Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan AH 73-78(693-697) 2.7g 6-17-21.jpg
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  4. dltsrq

    dltsrq Grumpy Old Man

    Yes, Halab. Note بحلب (bi-Halab) reading upward on reverse next to the 'modified cross-on-steps'. There really is no perfect single reference for Arab-Byzantine coins but Foss is inexpensive and a reasonable introduction.
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