Coins of Al Qawasim: SAA’s Remarkable Find Rewrites History

Sharjah discovers Marduf Al-Qawasim coins, minted throughout several eras under the rule of Al Qawasim

The Sharjah Archaeology Authority’s remarkable discovery of Marduf al-Qawasim coins sheds light on a bygone era, offering a fascinating glimpse into the region’s rich history.

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In a momentous discovery, the Sharjah Archaeology Authority (SAA) has unveiled a collection of Marduf al-Qawasim coins that provides a captivating glimpse into the past. These coins, minted across various eras during the reign of the Al Qawasim monarchy, hold profound historical significance and offer valuable insights into the region’s heritage.

A Glimpse into History

The Marduf al-Qawasim, known as the local currency of its time, traces its origins to the rule of Sheikh Sultan Bin Saqr al-Qasimi in 1803 AD, marking it as the second minted currency during the era of al-Qawasim’s leadership.

Among the monarchs whose names grace the first set of coins is Sheikh Saleh Bin Mohammed Bin Ali Bin Saleh Al Qasimi. Following the demise of his uncle, Sheikh Saif Bin Ali Bin Saleh Al Qasimi, in 1649 AD, Sheikh Saleh Bin Mohammed Bin Ali Bin Saleh Al Qasimi ascended to the throne, solidifying his historical importance.

A Diverse Collection

The collection not only features coins from Sheikh Sultan Bin Saqr al-Qasimi’s rule but also includes those minted during the reigns of Sheikh Hassan Bin Rahma Al Qasimi (1809–1819) and Sheikh Sultan Bin Saqr Al Qasimi (1819–1901). Of particular note are the coins issued by Sheikh Sultan Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, which encompassed various sizes and shapes. These coins played a pivotal role in shaping Ras Al Khaimah’s currency, known as the Sikah, and remained in circulation from 1263 AH until 1846 AD.

Sharjah discovers Marduf Al-Qawasim coins, minted throughout several eras under the rule of Al Qawasim

Historical Insights

His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, provides historical context in his work, “Power Struggles and Trade in the Gulf (1620–1820).” The book reveals a significant variation in the value and weight of currency circulating throughout the Arabian Gulf and the United Arab Emirates during the Qawasim state’s rule from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries.

Elegance in Simplicity

These extraordinary coins, crafted entirely from copper, boast a simple yet elegant design. Their round shape adheres to the prevailing coinage pattern during the Islamic era. Despite their simplicity, the inscriptions on these coins carry profound historical significance, making them invaluable relics of the past.

The Sharjah Archaeology Authority’s discovery of the Marduf al-Qawasim coins underscores its commitment to preserving and celebrating the region’s rich heritage. This remarkable find not only enriches our understanding of history but also serves as a bridge connecting the present generation with the legacy of Al Qawasim’s rule.

In conclusion, the unearthing of these coins serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of preserving our heritage and history. The SAA’s dedication to archaeological research continues to yield treasures that unlock the secrets of the past, ensuring that history remains accessible to future generations.

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