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Ancient Islamic Coinage

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My finds at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.


I'm currently in the second week of a three week business trip to Doha, Qatar. My first trip here last October consisted of little more than 20 consecutive days of work and sleep. I saw the hotel, the adjoining shopping mall, and the client's office. This time however, I have a bit more free time and last weekend I was finally able to tour the City. I took the "Doha Bus" which is a hop-on, hop-off tourist bus and one stop where I spent several hours was the Museum of Islamic Art. The Museum itself was designed by world renowned architect I.M. Pei and just seems to float on the bay. The museum is completely free to visitors, and their collection contains many objects dating back as far as 1400 years.


I toured all three floors of the collection and was pleasantly surprised to find a case containing beautifully preserved early Islamic coinage. The seven coins pictured below are the only ones I saw on public display and span a date range from 936AD through the 1300's. I haven't had any time to research them, but I decided to go ahead and post them for any collectors who might find them interesting.


I would love to hear from anyone who can add historic and numismatic information.



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Were there any coins from before the Umayyad caliph ʿAbd al-Malik's reform of coinage and economic unification of former Eastern Roman (Byzantine) and Sassanian systems?

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