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Auction LIII  14 Jan 2021
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Lot 3250

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Starting price: 475 USD
Price realized: 1050 USD

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Bahri Mamluk, al-Zahir Baybars I, AH 658-676/ CE 1260-1277, Gold Dinar (6.87g). Mint and date off flan, citing the 'Abbasid caliph in Cairo, al-Mustansir. Ruler cited as al-salihi al-sultan al-malik al-Zahir Rukn al-Dunya wa al-Din Baybars qasim amir al-mu'minin. Heraldic lion left. Balog 38; Album 880. Perfectly centered on a typical tight flan. In NGC holder graded MS62. Estimated Value $600
NGC Certification 4930815-053.
When the Mongol ilkhan Hulagu conquered Baghdad in 1258, he executed the 'Abbasid Caliph al-Musta'sim and all other members of the 'Abbasid family which could be found. The 'Abbasid prince Ahmad, the son of the former caliph al-Zahir, escaped to Cairo and the protection of the Mamluk ruler al-Zahir Baybars. Ahmad became the Caliph al-Mustansir and rewarded Baybars with the title al-sultan al-malik, with Baybars in turn describing himself as qasim amir al-mu'minin, "partner of the commander of the faithful". The re-established line of 'Abbasid caliphs continued at Cairo, with their authority confined to religious matters, until the Mamluks were overthrown by the Ottomans in 1517.
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