Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by FitzNigel, Sep 11, 2019.
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I did not know the Normans minted coins in their African possessions. Somewhere I have a copy of " The Kingdom in the Sun" by John Julius Norwich that I need to go back and read about the Kingdom of Africa. Thanks for sharing.
So while I would love to own it; it frankly belongs in a museum.
recognisable if you dont read Arabic?
Someday I will get a high grade Fatimid gold coin. That is far in the future. I find the designs fascinating and beautiful..
Closest thing I have is this (probably) Lombard imitation issued in southern Italy around the time the Normans first appeared there:
Imitation of Fatimid al-'Aziz, 975-996 (AH 365-386)
@Severus Alexander! I was chasing an imitation tari at the beginning of the year and missed out on. So I only have an ‘official’ issue:
Norman Italy - Sicily
Roger II, r. 1130-1154 (1140-1154)
Palermo mint, AV Taris, 12.66 mm x 1.1 grams
Obv.: Outer Cufic legend denoting date and mint, inner Cufic legend al-malik Rujar al-mu’tazz bi-llah, pellet in center of dotted circle
Rev.: Outer cufic legend denoting date and mint, in center, cross potent on shaft with pellet between IC XC NI KA
Ref.: NCKS 240, MEC 14.202, De Wit 3796
Don't be too worried about that. Most of us know a lot about one or two specific areas that we like to focus on, but know just a little bit or nothing about most other areas of ancient coin collecting. After all, ancient coins encompass over 1000 years of history, including thousands of rulers, hundreds of city states, hundreds of kingdoms and empires, and countless denominations. And that's not even getting into the medieval stuff.
For example, I have a pretty good grasp of Roman imperial coinage from the first century through the mid-250s, but my knowledge of Roman Republic coinage and LRBs is more basic. And my knowledge of Greek coins can best be described as a passing familiarity, but nothing much deeper. My knowledge of Indian, Chinese, Asian, and medieval coinage is very fragmented. None of that has stopped me from collecting coins from all over the ancient world. That's why forums like this come in handy, as they gave me the confidence and knowledge to buy coins I may not be as familiar with because I know someone else here is and can advise me. Likewise, I'm always happy to give my opinion on Imperial coinage from the principate era to anyone that needs it.
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