al-Muhtadi, ‘Abbasid Caliph AH 255-256/AD 869-870

Bernardi 165Jh; Lavoix 993; A 237, Fine

Madinat al-Salam mint. Kalima at center, double obverse marginal legends with Qur’an 30:4 in outer margin, date formula in inner margin; Reverse, continuation of Kalima, “lillah” above, al-Muhtadi Billah cited below, Qur’an 9:33 in margin. Extremely rare.


Al-Muhtadi was born from a Greek Mother. His short reign of 11 months (AH 255-256/ AD 869-870) was marked by extreme chaos, conspiracy and rebellion.