ISLAMIC, ‘Abbasid Caliphate. temp. Al-Mahdi. Hemidrachm, citing Umar ibn al-‘Ala


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ISLAMIC, ‘Abbasid Caliphate. temp. Al-Mahdi, AH 158-169 / AD 775-785. Hemidrachm (1.97g/ 23mm), citing the governor of Tabaristan, Umar ibn al-‘Ala (AH 154-163 = AD 771-780), Tabaristan, PYE 124 = AH 159 = 775/6. Crowned and draped Sasanian-style bust to right; behind head, AFZUT GDH (‘may his kingship increase’ in Pahlawi); before head, ‘AWMR’ in Pahlawi; in outer margin, APD / NWKW (‘excellent’ and ‘good’ in Pahlawi). Rev. Sasanian fire altar set on three steps, flanked by flanked by two attendants standing facing; to left, date; to right, mint TPURSTAN (‘Tabaristan’ in Pahlawi). Album 55. SICA I, 407. Walker, Arab-Sassanian, 263. Extremely fine, beautiful toning.