The local mission of the Sharjah Antiquities Authority in the Emirates announced, on Tuesday, the discovery of a "group of ancient Islamic coins", in the central region of the Emirate of Sharjah, which are "rare silver dirhams, dating back to the Abbasid Caliphate period, in addition to a copper penny."
These coins are considered one of the first issues, and they bear the icons of that period, represented by five of the successors of that era, according to the Emirates News Agency "WAM".
Some of these dirhams were found inside a glazed pottery jar of the Abbasid style, and this jar dates to the ninth or tenth century AD.
This group, in particular, represents the first Abbasid era, and the discovered coins belong to "a number of main geographical and administrative regions: Morocco / Abbasid, Persia / Koura Mahdia, Ray and Mountains / Muhammadiyah city, Khorasan / Balkh city, Armenia / Metal Bagnes, and the province of Beyond the River/Mineral Gauze, and the City of Samarkand.
The silver dirhams in this pottery jar were accompanied by small copper weights, with regular shapes, and different weights, ranging from 5.5 grams to 13.80 grams. Archaeological survey work in the same area revealed a group of pottery fragments of the Abbasid style.
The researchers emphasized that this new archaeological discovery dates back to an important era in the history of the Emirate of Sharjah in particular, and the UAE in general.