Emir Abd-ar-Rahman III founded the Caliphate of Cordoba

16 Jan 2021  Sat

The Caliphate of Cordoba was a state in Islamic Iberia along with a part of North Africa. On 16th January 929, a member of Umayyad dynasty, Abd-ar-Rahman III proclaimed himself Caliph and established the Caliphate of Cordoba.

He ascended the throne in his early 20s and reigned for half a century as the most powerful prince of Iberia. Due to his consolidation of power, Muslim of Iberia became powerful for a few centuries. It also brought prosperity, and with this, he created mints where pure gold and silver coins were created.

Represent here is a silver Dirham issued during his reign. The obverse of a coin showed the Arabic legend ‘La Ilaha Illallah Wahdahu Lashirikalahu’ within the centre and ‘Bismilla Haza Dirham Madinat al-Zahra Sanah’ around. The reverse of a coin showed the legend ‘Al-Imam Al Nasir-ud-Din Amir-al-Mominin Qaism’.

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