AN UMAYYAD COPPER FALS "CANDLESTICK SERIES"

AN UMAYYAD COPPER FALS "CANDLESTICK SERIES"


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Coins: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1315632

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 $300.00 
Jerusalem Mint; c. 696/7-750 CE

Obverse: A five-branch candlestick with Arabic inscription “There is no god but Allah alone”.

Reverse: Inscription “Muhammad is the messenger of Allah”.

In fine condition with natural patina present.

Diameter: 15mm; Weight: 3.3g

Olive wood box, Certificate of Authenticity and Worldwide Shipping Included in Price.

Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Bibliography:

D. Barag, Type 4

Walker, 605

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Part of the “Candlestick Series” of Umayyad coins these coins clearly took their inspiration from extant Jewish examples. The change from seven branches to five may be a reference to the five pillars of Islam and shows the adaptation of the borrowed motif, similar to that found on Umayyad coins with Byzantine precedents.