ISLAMIC/Arab-Sasanian; 'Ubaidullah bin Ziyad ( عبيدالله بن زياد) CE 673-683/AH 54-64

AR Dirham, 32 mm, 3.93 g, 3h, BCRA (Basra) mint AH 60/CE 679-680

Album 12
SICA I, 66-75

O: portrait of Khusro II with typical Pahlavi inscription behind head, but two lines in front of face indicate "Ubaidullah bin Ziyad" also in Pahlavi. In lower right quadrant appears the only Arabic
بسم الله

R: fire altar with attendants. Pahlavi inscription on right is the mint BCRA for Basra and on the left is "Shast" for "sixty" which is the Hijri year equivalent to CE 679-680 early in the reign of the Umayyad Caliph Yazid I (CE 680-683) or at the tail end of the reign of Mu'awiya (CE 661-680).

This coin was minted about a year from the famous Battle of Karbala in late CE 680 (AH 61) where Husayn was killed and the date is still marked by Shi'ites during Ashura (10 Muharram). 'Ubaidullah bin Ziyad is an accursed figure in Shi'ite history. He is described by Hugh Kennedy in his "The Prophet and the Age of the Caliphates" (London; Longman Group, 1986) as "...more hasty and given to the use of force than his father, but a man whose devotion to the Umayyad cause could not have been doubted." (p. 86)

ex: FSR Auction 106 lot 414

BYZANTINE; Leo VI CE 886-912

AE Follis, 28 mm, 7.54 g, 5h, Constantinople mint.

Sear 1729

O: +LEOn bAS-ILEVSROm' facing portrait of the emperor.

ex: Palladium Numismatics (CA) c. 1991-1999
ex: FSR Auction 106 lot 411 (23 Oct 2018)


GREECE/Seleucid; Seleucus III BCE 226-223

AE 15 mm, 3.78 g, 12h, Antioch mint

SC 923 with unrecorded anchor cm on obs. this cm is also unrecorded in WSM

O: Hd of Seleucus r. dotted border, anchor cm in oval

R: ΒAΣIΛEΩΣ on r, ΣEΛEYKOY on l., control not visible on outer l, Apollo l on omphalos.

ex: MNL Collection


GREECE/Seleucid; Antiochos VII Sidetes BCE 138-129

AE 15 mm, 2.74 g, 9 h, Antioch mint, SE 175/BCE 138-137

SC 2068.3a  (S)

O: lion hd r. dotted border.

R: ΒAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY in two lines on r, EYEPГETOY on l. vertical club. control on outer left above aphlaston symbol below it. Date across lower field EOP

Ex: MNL Collection

GREECE/Seleucid: Alexander I Balas BCE 152-145

AE 22 mm, 7.85 g, 1h, Antioch mint c. BCE 147/6

SC 1793.3b (R1-2)

O: Alexander I r. dotted border serrated flan.


ΒAΣIΛEΩΣ on r,  AΛEΞANΔPOY on l., Athena stg l., primary and secondary controls on inner left

defects on obs & rev indicative of tong marks from the minting process.

ex: Oliver Hoover Collection, Burlington, ON, this coin illustrated in SC Vol II Part II as "fig. 12" on page 61 illustrating a coin with "apparent tong impressions".

ex: MNL Collection

GREECE/Seleucid; Antiochos IX Philopator BCE 114/3-95

AE 18 mm, 6.31 g, 12h, probably a mint in N. Syria, Phoenicia or Coele Syria

SC 2379 (R2)

O: laur hd of Apollo r dotted border

R: ΒAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY in two lines on r, ΦΙΛΟΠATOPOΣ on l. Artemis stg facing holding spear in r hand and bow in left hand. control on outer left is unclear.  

ex: Oliver Hoover Collection, Burlington ON c. 2003 (www.seleukidempire.org)

ex: MNL Collection


ISLAMIC/Spain; Al-Murabitun المرابطون‎, (al-Moravides); Ishaq ibn ‘Ali اسحاق ابن علي AH 540-541/CE 1145-1146

AR Qirat (11mm, 0.95gm, 3h), Qurtuba (Cordoba, Spain), undated.

Vives 1894;

Hazard 1052;

Album 475A (RR).

و ناصر الدين اسحاق
بن علي


   لا اله الا الله
محمد رسول الله

ex: David Tranbarger