|Coin of Husan ad-din Yulik Arslan
1186 (dated 582 AH)
diam 30 mm, wt 10.57 g
Coins of the epigraphic style dominated
Moslem numismatics for 400 years. There is
therefore a special interest in the pictorial
copper coins of the small kingdoms which
formed Upper Mesopotamia during the
11th and 12th centuries. This phenomenon
developed most fully in the case of the
Artuqids, who imitated Byzantine coins
with a fair degree of accuracy but
sometimes opted for earlier prototypes.
This example copies the coin designs of the
Byzantine emperor Nicephorus I (742-743).