ISLAMIC, Umayyad Caliphate. temp. 'Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan, AH 65-86 / AD 685-705. Fals (Bronze, 22 mm, 4.14 g, 12 h), 'Standing Caliph' type, Hims, AH 74-80 = AD 693/4-699/700. Caliph standing facing, bearded, placing his right hand on the pommel of his sword and whip hanging from his right elbow; around, 'J li' abd Allah' abd al-Malik amir al-Mu'minin' ('for the servant of Allah, Abd al-Malik, Commander of the Faithful' in Kufic). Rev. Transformed cross standing on three steps; in field to right, mint bi-Hims ('in Hims' in Kufic); around, part of the first Kalima reading 'la ilaha illa Allah wahdahu Muhammad Rasul Allah ('There is no God but Allah alone; Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah' in Kufic). DOCAB 111. Goodwin, Standing Caliph Coinage, Hims, Type III. SICA I, 695. Attractive earthen highlights on a dark patina. Traces of overstriking, otherwise, good very fine.
From a European collection, formed before 2005.