Christianum incognitus...

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Quant.Geek, Sep 16, 2020.

  1. Quant.Geek

    Quant.Geek Well-Known Member

    Some Christian coins might seem foreign, if you can't read the legends or are not sure of the origin of a coin. Can you post any? I'll start with the following coin:

    Georgia: Giorgi IV Lasha (1208-1223) AE unit (Kap-66; Bennett-179)

    Obv: Design of six knots surrounding two-line central Mtavruli legend: ႢႨႻႤ / ႧႫႰႱႠ (Giorgi son of Tamar). Outside of knot design, circular Mtavruli legend: † ႱႾႤႪႨႧႠ ႶႧႠ ႨႵႬ ႽႤႣႠ ႥႺႾႪႱ ႠႫႱ ႵႩႱ ჃႪ († In the name of God, this coin was struck in the year 430 of the koronikon)

    Rev: Central four-line Arabic inscription:

    ملك الملوك (The King of kings,)
    جلال الدنيا و الدين (Glory of the world and faith,)
    كيوركى بن تامار (Giorgi, son of Tamar,)
    حسام المسيح (sword of the Messiah)

    Marginal Persian legend: بنام خداى پاك اين سيمرا زده اند بتاريح چهار صی وسی سال (In the name of God most pure, this coin was struck in the year 430)

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  3. Orielensis

    Orielensis Well-Known Member

    The coinage of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily comes to mind. Christian medieval rulers using Kufic script and "oriental" iconography on their coins are otherwise quite rare:

    MA – Italien, Sicily, William II, trifollaro.png
    Norman Kingdom of Sicily, under William II "the Good," AE trifollaro, 1166–1189 AD, Messina mint. Obv: lion's head facing. Rev: palm tree. 26mm, 10.27g. Ref: Spahr 117; Biaggi 1231.

    MA – Italien, Sicily, William II, follaro 2.png
    Norman Kingdom of Sicily, under William II "the Good" follaro, bronze 1166–1189 AD, Messina or Palermo mint. Obv: Lion's head left. Rev: Kufic script: "al-malik Ghulyalim al-thani" ('King William the second'). 14mm, 1.87g. Ref: Spahr 118.
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