Details about 2 Silver Coins- SLAVE KINGS OF THE HOLYLAND 1250-1517AD Islam & ChristianSee original listing
Jul 26, 2012 13:01:37 PDT
Colorado, United States
You get 2 Ancient SILVER Coins
1 - MAMLUK SILVER DIRHAM
1 - MAMLUK SILVER FRACTIONAL DIRHAM
1260-1421AD - Fair - Good Condition
SILVER OF THE
SLAVE KINGS OF THE
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The Mamlukes ruled an area including Syria, much of the Holyland and Egypt from 1250 to 1517AD. The Mamlukes were slaves purchased as boys, usually from Russia. Eventually the slaves overthrew their masters, the Ayyubids, and established their own dynasty. However they continued to import slaves, and usually choose their leaders from the ranks of the slaves, thus their ruler was also a slave! Thus the Mamlukes are known as the "Slave-Kings".
We offer 2 of these coins from these unusual monarchs. Qansuh was defeated by Ottoman Sultan Selem I in 1516AD, leading to a complete collapse of the Mamluk Dynasty the following year.
We offer a Mamluk Silver Dirham and a Silver Fractional Dirham.
The Fractional Dirham was struck using the dies for the larger 1 Dirham coin, even though the blank is less than half the size of the die!
The Fractional Dirham tend to be square or rectangular, however they come in a variety of shapes as the mint workers were paid on how many they produced, not on how the coins looked.