The Ashmolean

Iraq: Navel of the World

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Beautiful examples of Arabic calligraphy are found on many different objects: stone, pottery, cloth, and coins. This silver coin was struck for the caliph Ma'mun, who ruled Baghdad in the early 9th century AD. The inscription reads: 'In the name of God, this dirham (silver coin) was struck in the City of Peace in the year 206 AH'.
[Heberden Coin Room]

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