This genuine Ancient Islamic silver coin has been
mounted in a modern 18 karat gold coin.
The early history of Islam following the death of
the Prophet Muhammad can be characterized by
glorious wars and victories on the one hand and
by jealousy, intrigue, and deceit on the other.
When the Umayyad Dynasty ruled in splendor
from their capital at Damascus, a coin such as
this would have been recognized and traded
throughout their expanding empire. The rulers
of the Umayyad Dynasty, beginning with the
founder, Mu'awiyah, claimed a blood relationship
with the Prophet via his sister, Umm Habibah,
and his Abu-Sufyan, the leader of the Meccan
Quraysh. As the Islam spread across North
Africa and into Europe, political rivalry began to
emerge between the Caliphs. These family feuds
would culminate in 749 A.D. when the entire
Umayyad clan was murdered, save for abd-al-
Rahman, who fled to Spain and founded an
independent Umayyad Caliphate there. In part,
this division between opposing Muslim factions
of Shi’ite and the Sunni continue to this day.
Overall, the period of the Umayyad Dynasty can
be characterized by a love of luxury. Great
palaces were erected in the capital of Damascus.
It is noted that the Caliphs Yazi I and II were
"passionate friends of sport, music and lady
singers." This ancient silver dirham is a
historical testament to the birth of the Islam.
Furthermore, set inside a gorgeous 18 Karat gold
pendant, it reflects the luxury and wealth of the