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Struck at the Atrablus mint in Lebanon, it is dated 393h (c.1003AD) - a previously unrecorded date for a dinar from this mint - making it a highly rare example of this coin.

In fine condition to boot, it is estimated at £1000-1200 at the timed online auction which closes on September 14.

Another coin in equally good condition which is also believed to have a previously unrecorded date is a Buwayhid gold Dinar struck at Madinat al-Salam (Baghdad) in 372h (c.982AD). A very rare coin from the reign of Adud al-dawla Abu Shuja (the Buwayhid ruler of Iraq and Iran), no examples of a dinar from this mint with this date have apparently emerged before. It is estimated at £800-1000.

Ghaznavid Coin

Elsewhere at the sale is a rare coin that is believed to be the first published coin struck during a brief period of Ghaznavid rule in Isfahan in Iran. The silver Ghaznavid Dirham was struck after Mahmud b. Sebuktekin captured the city in 420h (c.1029AD) from the Kakwayhid ruler Muhammad b. Dushmanzar.

It is estimated at £500-700.

In total Wilkes & Curtis have 341 lots in the auction including 6 lots of numismatic books.

The sale is the seventh that the auctioneers have staged and, overall, they offered a total of 3054 lots, achieving a cumulative hammer total of £355,102 in their first year of trading.