Gold Dinar of Al Mutadid

05 Apr 2021  Mon

Al Mutadid was the Caliph of the Abbasid Caliphate from 892 until his death in 902.

He was the son of al-Muwaffaq, who was the regent and effective ruler of the Abbasid state during the reign of his brother, Caliph al-Mu'tamid. As a prince, the future al-Mu'tadid served under his father during various military campaigns, most notably in the suppression of the Zanj Rebellion, in which he played a major role.

His reign saw the permanent move of the capital back to Baghdad, where he engaged in major building activities. A firm supporter of Sunni traditionalist orthodoxy, he nevertheless maintained good relations with the Alids, and was interested in natural sciences, renewing caliphal sponsorship of scholars and scientists.

Al-Mu'tadid died at the Hasani Palace on 5 April 902, at the age of either 40 or 47.[3] There were rumours he had been poisoned, but it is more likely that the rigours of his campaigns, coupled with his dissolute life, severely weakened his health.

His Dinar depicts the name of Al-Mu’tadid, la ilah (for Allah) above; Kalima in margin on its obverse face. The reverse of a coin represents Amir el-muminin (Commander of the Faithful); AH date in margin.

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