ZENGIDS OF MOSUL
'Izz al-Din Mas'ud II (AD 1211-1218)
AE Dirhem. 11.53g, 27.6mm
MINTED: al-Mawsil (Mosul), AH 607 (?) (AD 1211/2)
REF: Spengler & Sayles Type 65; Album 1867
OBVERSE: Diademed and draped bust left; star to left; mint and date around.
REVERSE: Kalima, name and title of Abbasid caliph al-Nasir, and name and title of Zengid ruler Mas'ud II in six lines; continuation of title and name of Ayyubid overlord al-Adil Abu Bakr in voids.
Nice even dark brown patina. A little off-center with some minor flatness, but in appealing style for the issue.
The Zengids were a dynasty of Turkoman Muslim emirs who controlled much of Syria and northern Iraq between the 12th and 13th centuries. Under their founder Imad al-Din Zengi (AD 1127-1146), they gained prominence by conquering the County of Edessa, the first of the Crusader states to be established in the region. After Zengi's death in 1146, his territories were split between two of his sons, one of whom for a time counted amongst his vassals the famous Saladin, then the Governor of Egypt. Later Zengid emirs, ruling independently from their power bases at Mosul, Aleppo, Sinjar and al-Jazira, would gradually lose control of their territories, until the last of the Zengid cities was taken in 1250 by the Ayubbid emir An-Nasir Yusuf, a great grandson of Saladin.
ZENGIDS OF MOSUL . 'Izz al-Din Mas'ud II . AE Dirhem . Nice style
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