It is often the small, inconspicuous coins that tell fascinating stories: for example, a fals from the ruined city of Kilwa Kisiwani in present-day Tanzania. Follow Claire Franklin on her adventurous research.
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Akbar ruled over an empire on the Indian subcontinent. Administering it was a daunting task, and Akbar introduced loads of reforms. Read on to find out how the outstanding skills of his mathematicians helped him, and what this has to do with his coinage!
The Muslim Akbar founded a world empire in which people of different religions lived together peacefully. How did this come about and what challenges did the ruler have to overcome to get there? And, most importantly: what can coins tell us about it?
A few days after completing the 12th year of his reign, Mughal Emperor Jahangir had a series of twelve gold mohurs minted. They feature the twelve zodiac signs. In its auction 11, auction house Numismatica Genevensis SA is able to present the largest ensemble of coins from this series that has ever been on offer.
It is not only one of the rarest Islamic coins in the world, it is also said to be the most expensive one ever to be sold in an auction. As this type sold even twice for £3.72 million, it certainly must be added to the CoinsWeekly Coin Records.
He is considered as one of the most powerful rulers of the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Suleiman I, nicknamed The Magnificent. In the south of Hungary, archaeologists have now found what appears to be the mausoleum where his heart had been buried.
Standing in the middle of the Château d’Amboise garden on the Loire is a Muslim cemetery from the 19th century. Here, the followers of Algerian freedom fighter Abd el-Kader were buried with honour. What brought them to this place is a story that begs telling.
A devout Moslem, a confident Christ and the first written testimony for the Islamic creed – these are the ingredients of a really exciting story…
It is an unspectacular coin, that testimony of the culminating conflict between France and Spain, between Francis I and Charles V. …
On December 12, 2011, the Osnabrück auction house Künker sells the Sultan Collection of Coins of the Ottoman Empire. These 908 lots reflect the history of the coins of the last Ottoman sultans and the monetary reform of 1845…
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