Rare gold Sultani coin from the reign of Sulieman the Magnificent goes up for sale

In the last week of this month, coin specialists Baldwin's are to hold an extensive sale of rare Islamic coins with several hundred examples going under the hammer.

It is relatively unusual for Western markets to hold sales exclusively focusing on this area, but certainly not a first for Baldwin's, for whom this is their 18th sale of its kind.

At the beginning of 2011, they sold a coin from the rule of the Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II (1759-1806) for a stunning $160,000.

This was a 10 Rupees coin from year 6 struck at Surat, in the name of Shah 'Alam II. A large coin of the Mughal type, it was a late successor to the list of large and gigantic Mughal coins and topped their whole auction series.

It is one of just two examples known, accounting for its rarity.

On this occasion there is a wide variety of coins available including 235 from the Umayyad section alone. There are also 83 Coins of The Turkoman Dynasties in Anatolia, Iraq and Syria.

Ujaytu Heavy Gold Dinar coin
The Ujaytu Heavy Gold Dinar coin

Some of the specific highlights include: a Heavy Gold Dinar from the reign of the Ilkhanid (Persian Mongol) Ujaytu dating from 703-716h. The reverse of this is partially struck flat, otherwise it is good very fine and very rare, and expected to achieve around £7,000-8,000 ($12,900).

There is also an exciting piece for collectors of the Ottoman dynasty with a very fine Gold Sultani from the reign of Sulieman the Magnificent which has gone unrecorded in major reference works selling with a similar listing.

Baldwin's auction takes place on July 26 in London with online bidding available.


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