Samanid Silver Dirham (NCL-544D22)

An Arabic silver dirham from c. 912 AD found in Revesby, Lincolnshire

A silver Samanid dirham of al-Shash dated possibly to 912 AD. The dirham was a unit of weight used across North Africa, the Middle East, and Persia, with varying values which also referred to the type of coins used in the Middle East during the Viking Age. These coins were extremely prized possessions not only for their silver value but as a way of displaying one’s wealth and vast trade connections. Millions of Arabic Dirhams would have been imported throughout the Viking world and are mostly found in hoards.

Arabic dirhams demonstrate contact between the Viking diaspora and the Arabic world. Arabic coins are especially useful for dating sites, because they carry the date when they were minted. This permits precise dating where the part of the coin with the date survives, whereas European coins can only be dated to the reign of the ruler depicted on them. In western descriptions of these coins, the Arabic dates found on the coins are usually listed in square brackets, as above, and the European equivalent is listed after it.

Object Type

Coin

Date

912

Style

Ascribed Culture

Original/Reproduction

Original

Material

Collection

Viking Objects

Current Location

Private Ownership

Keywords

Arabic, coin, Currency, dirham, Economy, Lincolnshire, Portable_Antiquities_Scheme, silver, trade

Further information

You can see the original at Private Ownership.

This object is related to Revesby, Lincolnshire.
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Acknowledgements

(c) The Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC-BY-SA 4.0

References

Portable Antiquities Scheme