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First Purely Islamic Coin—a Umayyad 77h Gold Dinar—to be auctioned in London

by Special to WorthPoint (07/17/14).

This exceptionally rare Umayyad 77h gold dinar is expected to sell for $250,000 to $310,000 on Aug. 6 when A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. holds its upcoming Islamic Coin Auction.

This exceptionally rare Umayyad 77h gold dinar is expected to sell for $250,000 to $310,000 on Aug. 6 when A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. holds its upcoming Islamic Coin Auction.

LONDON – The first purely Islamic coin, an exceptionally rare Umayyad 77h gold dinar, is expected to draw in the numismatist on Aug. 6 when A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. holds its upcoming Islamic Coin Auction.

This coin, minted in the Hijri/Muslim Calendar year of 77 (696 A.D.), is the most sought-after Islamic coin; its legends and design set the pattern for centuries to come. This extremely fine example is estimated to achieve $250,000 to $310,000.

“For collectors in the field of Islamic numismatics, the Umayyad 77h Dinar is the most desirable coin ever struck, guaranteeing the importance of any Islamic Coin collection,” said Graham Byfield, Islamic coin specialist at A. H. Baldwin & Sons.

The sale also includes the Arab world section from the spectacular collection of Åke Lindén, one of the world’s most prolific coin collectors. True to form for this amazing collection, this section features a near comprehensive listing of coins from the Arab nations for 1850-1950.

The Swedish Lindén started collecting at a young age, spurred on by his globetrotting father who brought him coins around the world. With his numismatic interests whetted, he set off to collect every type coin minted since 1850 from every country in the world.

Of particular interest to serious collectors will be the rare, high-denomination gold coins from Yemen, including the Al-Mutawakkil Yahya bin Muhammad (1322-1367h / 1904-1948), gold presentation 5-Lira (1-Riyal) 1344h, which carries a presale estimate of $7,000 to $10,000.

This rare Yemeni Al-Mutawakkil Yahya bin Muhammad (1322-1367h / 1904-1948), gold presentation 5-Lira (1-Riyal) 1344h, carries a presale estimate of $7,000 to $10,000.

This rare Yemeni Al-Mutawakkil Yahya bin Muhammad (1322-1367h / 1904-1948), gold presentation 5-Lira (1-Riyal) 1344h, carries a presale estimate of $7,000 to $10,000.

The Modern Islamic Coin section also includes very rare gold coins from Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Syria and a wonderful run of Turkish mint visit 500-Kurush, including Manastir 1327h, year 3, estimated at $20,000 to $25,000 and Salonika 1327h, year 3 also estimated at $20,000-$25,000. Seldom available, the collection of modern Arab coinage is without question the best to come to the market in many years.

The auction will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA), 3 Robert Street, London. The catalogue is available to view online at the A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. website. For more information and viewing times, email to auctions@baldwin.co.uk.

 


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