Sulla80 Posted December 12, 2022 · Supporter Share Posted December 12, 2022 (edited) I am struggling with the full identification of this coin, as I haven't found another one like it (in the details). This coin is minted in the name of Ghazan khan, son of Arghun khan who was descended from Ghenghis khan, and whose great uncle Kublai khan sent a bride, Kokechin, to replace Arghun's deceased wife. Marco Polo claims (Chapter 9, Travels) that he was entrusted to escort the bride over an 18 month journey and she arrived safely. When they found that Alghun khan (the intended husband) was dead by that time - with Kublai khan's permission, his son, Ghazan khan, married Kokechin instead. Iran, Ilkhans, pictorial AR dirham (3.22g, 17mm) in the name of Ghazan Khan (690-703 AH/1284-1291), struck at Astarabad (located in Northern Iran) Obv: the ruler name in Uighur and Arabic; a hawk with sun behind Rev: Shia Muslim Shahada for Allah, prophet Muhamad and Imam Ali Ref: variant of Album-2149 Album-2168C; Zeno 13407 Note: this coin seems to be on the high end of weight range for the type I am still uncertain about the dating of this coin. I think it pre-dates Ghazan's official reign in 695. Gaykhatu was Arghun's successor in AH 690 and in 695 Baydu rebelled. At this point Ghazan converted to Islam in 695 to gain support from Amir Nawrūz and take control of the Ilkhanate from Baydu. Another question is there some meaning to this symbol behind the bird or is it just decorative? (other variants have a date or text in this spot e.g. Zeno 22412 or Zeno 8621 ) any additional information from NumisForum experts is appreciated. Edited December 24, 2022 by Sulla80 6 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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