The mission of the Department of Tourism and Antiquities at the University of Hail, Saudi Arabia, announced, on Tuesday, that it had found a gold dinar dating back to the era of the Abbasid Caliph Harun al-Rashid, and it is dated 180 AH, meaning that it is more than 1,200 years old.
It weighs about four grams, according to a university statement.
On the face of the dinar in the middle, in simple, prominent Kufic script, he wrote the phrase: “There is no god but God alone, he has no partner,” in the form of three successive rows, and on the outer frame of the Qur’an verse: “He is the one who sent his messenger with guidance and the religion of truth to show him over the whole religion.”
On the opposite side of the dinar, the name Jaafar was written, and it is likely that the minister Jaafar bin Yahya al-Barmaki, the minister of Harun al-Rashid.
The importance of the dinar, according to the professor of archeology in the department, Muhammad al-Hajj, is that it belongs to the most important successors of the Abbasid state, who ruled during the period between 170 and 193 AH.