Umayyad Gold Dinar Coin of the Caliph 'Abd al-Malik, AD 685-705


The first half-century of Islamic history saw massive cultural changes, not least in the design of the Caliphate's coinage. Gold dinar high-value coin of the Caliph 'Abd al-Malik, AD 685-705, showing the ruler with a sword.
Source: p.10, EH - 071 - The Great Islamic Conquests AD 632-750 by David Nicolle



Referenced as figure 116 in The military technology of classical Islam by D Nicolle
116. A Coin of Khalif ʿAbd al Malik, 694-5 AD, Umayyad, Coll. of R. W. Morris (Kou); B. Umayyad dirham, American Numismatic Society.
Vol. 1 p22: The great majority of art sources, however, portray swords that have tips that are either so rounded as to make a thrusting blow impossible or are so regularly broad along their length as to be clearly designed for cut rather than thrust. In the 7th century (Figs. 111, 112, 113, 114, 116 and 141), 8th century (Figs. 118, 102 and 470), 9th century (Figs. 143, 202, 447 and 502), 10th century (Figs. 213A, 316, 317, 347, 350, 354, 496, 505 and 507) and 11th century (Figs. 153, 194, 361, 363, 497, 499, 517 and 597) these forms of sword clearly predominated throughout the Muslim world.
Vol. 2 p.346: Finally, one may note a slight preference for baldrics, as already suggested by the written sources (Figs. 116, 122 and 124).



See also an Umayyad textile with a Sasanian King, Iran or Central Asia, 7th-8th century
Floor painting with hunting scene, Umayyad, Qasr al-Hayr al-Gharbi c.724-43AD
Umayyad Soldiers on a Coin of Yazīd ibn al Muhallab, early 8th century AD, Gurgān: Coll. of the American Numismatic Society.
Illustrations of Arabian Costume and Soldiers
Other 7th Century Illustrations of Costume and Soldiers




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