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AV 1085, obverse (right) and reverse (left)
AV 1085, obverse (right) and reverse (left)

Gold Solidus (Umayyad Imperial Image Type, Pre-reform)

AV 1085

without mint name; but almost certainly struck in Damascus

no date; (72–3 AH/ 691–2 AD)

AV 1085, obverse (right) and reverse (left)
gold-solidus-av-1085-front
gold-solidus-av-1085-back

Gold Solidus (Umayyad Imperial Image Type, Pre-reform)

AV 1085

without mint name; but almost certainly struck in Damascus

no date; (72–3 AH/ 691–2 AD)

4.38g; 20mm

This is the first gold coin to bear a Muslim inscription (the kalimah).

Obverse: three figures, central figure bearded and larger, all wearing long robes and crowns without a cross, and all holding staffs sumounted by a pellet in their right hand. 

Reverse: transformed cross on four steps, ‘B’ to left, ‘I’ to right; marginal inscription in Arabic beginning 12:00, bism Allah la ilaha illa Allah wahdahu Muammad rasul Allah.