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A Rare Almoravid Dinar Struk in the City of Fez in 479 AH

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Abstract The Almoravid state was established by Abu Bakr Bin Omar in the middle of the fifth century in Morocco by virtue of the teachings of its spiritual leader, Abd Allah Ibn Yassine. The influence of the Almoravid state extended to Andalusia in the reign of Youssef Ben Tashafeen, after ensuring a decisive victory over the Christians in the battle of Sagrajas in 479 AH. The Almoravid monetary system has drawn the line in the history of the Morrocan coins in particular, and the Islamic coins in general. The Almoravid Dinar was characterized by gold quality, weight consistency, beautiful inscriptions, and innovative design. Therefore, it was the only acceptable circulated currency in the Mediterranean basin. It was known in the field of minting as the 'medieval dollar'. The research includes a study and an analysis of the only dinar in the world preserved at the University of Tubingen, Germany. It was struck in the city of Fez in 479 AH. Accordingly, it is the oldest coin issued in the city of Fez in the Islamic Era, which proves that Fez was second in issuing Almravid dinars after the city of Sijilmasa.


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