One of the world’s most impressive collections of Arab and Islamic coinage ever assembled, the ‘Coins of Islam: History Revealed’ exhibition, curated by Dr. Alain Baron, will take place until April 28 at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center.
Coins of Islam
Byzantine Empire, Leo VI
A gold coin dating back to AD 886-912 showcasing the Virgin Mary praying on one side and the Byzantine emperor Leo on the other.
Ilkhans, Muhammad Khan
The only coin in the world bearing the names of the Prophet Muhummad and his caliphs on one side and Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus on the other.
Umayyad gold dinars
First minted between AD 696-697, this piece is an early example of a purely Islamic coin, replacing pictorial depictions with Arabic inscriptions taken from the Quran.
This coin depicts falconry a thousand years ago, a hobby that has been practiced by various cultures and civilizations across centuries.
This set of gold coins was issued by Roman Emperor Hadrian to commemorate his year-long travels through Egypt.
Produced during the reign of Abd El-Malik bin Marwan, this coin is of extraordinary rarity as it bears the Islamic expression of faith.