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Coin Type: Holed and plugged bronze dirhem of Husam al-Din Yuluq Arslan of the Artuqids of Mardin, 580-597 AH (1184-1201 CE).
Size and Weight: 30mm x 32mm, 11.86g.
Obverse: Four full-length figures in different postures: one in the center, with veiled head and draped in a long robe, seated toward the left in an attitude of dejection with head turned to the front; second standing behind, face in profile to the left, right arm raised pointing upward , the third standing on the right facing forward, clothed in loose garments tied at the waist, arms hanging downwards; the fourth standing on the left, similarly clothed, arms half raised; all within a beaded circle.
Reverse: Legend in late Kufic in center, three lines citing the Abbasid caliph al-Nasir within a solid circle, surrounded by a circular marginal legend with titles of Arslan and date.
Provenance: genuine-coins (eBay), July 2010.
Ref: S&S Type 35.1. Album 1829.3. (from a Jencek listing)
BW Ref: 003 051 162
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Note: This type is sometimes referred to as the "Mourning of Saladin," though that may be a fanciful interpretation.
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