Coin of Al-Muizz li-Din Allah

30 Aug 2018  Thu

Al-Muizz li-Din Allah was a fourth Fatimid Caliph and 14th Ismaili Imam, reigned from 953 to 975. It was during his reign that the centre of power of the Arab Fatimid dynasty was moved from Ifriqiya to Egypt. Fatimids founded the city of al-Qahirah "the Victorious" in 969 as the new capital of the Fa?imid caliphate in Egypt.

Al-Mu'izz issued dinars with a clear Shi'i message and a new design: a short, one-line legend was ringed by three concentric circular legends reading from the inner to the outer bands. The wording, which read "And Ali ibn Abi Talib is the Nominee of the Prophet and the Most Excellent Representative and the Husband of the Radiant Chaste One [i.e., Fatima, daughter of the Prophet]," expressed the essence of the Isma'ili doctrines.

The above shown gold dinar of Al-Muizz was issued from Misr (Egypt) mint in 358 AH. The obverse of a coins depicts with legend ‘la ilah illa allah muhammad rasul allah’ within inner circle ‘wa ‘ali afdal al-wasiyyin wa wazir khayr al-mursilin’ in middle circle and ‘muhammad rasul allah arsalahu bi’l-huda wa din al-haqq li-yuzhirahu ‘ala al-din kullihi wa law kariha al-mushrikun’ in outer circle.

The reverse of a coin inscribed with ‘al-mu’izz li-din allah amir al-mu’minin’ depicted in inner circle ‘da’a al-imam ma’add li-tawhid illa lahu al-samad’ in middle circle and’ bism allah duriba hadha’l-dinar bi-misr sana thaman wa khamsin wa thalathmi’a’ within outer circle.

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