Auction 40

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Lot 599

AMIR OF BALKH: Anonymous, ca. 1275, AR dirham (2.22g), Balkh, AH673, A-2017S, Zeno-271364, with the phrase al-mulku lillah in the obverse field, the mint name in the reverse field, with a reverse to the Great Mongol emperor above, as qa'an al-mu'azzam, date in words around the reverse margin, lovely strike, believed to be the second known example, VF, RRR.

The phrase "al-mulku lillah" ("the kingdom belong to God") suggests that Balkh was controlled by neither the Chaghatayids, then ruled by Qaidu, nor the Ilkhan, then under Abaqa.

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