Dinar of the Alhambra
The Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife presents the dinar of the Alhambra as piece of the month. Those interested in attending this free activity, which will take place every Saturday in July at 12 noon, are welcome to come to Room I in the Museum of the Alhambra. Naima Anahnah, Arab philologist, will reveal details and specialties of this notable coin.
During the presentation, an overview of numismatics in al-Andalus will be given, with a special attention on the dinar of the Alhambra. The minting process will be revealed, as well as the uttering and different types of coins, up to a list of their most characteristic numismatic features.
Special attention will be also paid on the Mint of the Nasrid kingdom of Granada and on the person called Muhtasib / Sahib al-Suq, directly associated with the coin and the good economic progression.
As Ibn Khaldun stated in his famous prologue, minting is, together with stamps, the banner or throne, what gave sovereignty to a kingdom, sultanate, caliphate, or any kind of government. Therefore, when the Nasrid dynasty came to power, first they used the existing coins and immediately started minting their own coins, by which they gradually replaced the coins from former periods. That is why the coins with the inscription “There is no Victor but Allah” are unmistakably Nasrid.
Opening hours: Every Saturday in July, at 12:00 noon.
Location: Room I, Museum of the Alhambra, Palace of Charles V.