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UAE History - Ancient artifacts
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oins
 
 
Coinage has been used in the U.A.E. since the 4th century B.C. when the first coins in the area - imitations of Athenian types from ancient Greece - were struck. Early coins are particularly well-represented at the sites of Mleiha, in Sharjah, and ed-Dur, in Umm al-Qaiwain, and examples can be seen in the museums of both emirates. At Mleiha a local king named Abi’el used some of the very few mould-made coins in the ancient Near East. Hundreds of his original coins, as well as later copies which kept on being made into the first centuries A.D., have been found on the surface of these sites and smaller numbers have been recovered in excavations. Ed-Dur, which had extensive trading contacts with India, Iran and Mesopotamia, has also yielded examples of foreign coinage originating in all three areas. During the late pre-Islamic era, when the region of Oman and the U.A.E. came under the control of the Sasanians in Iran, Sasanian coinage began to circulate in the region. Sasanian coins are known from ed-Dur and Fujairah, where early Islamic coins have also been found. Several Islamic coin hoards have been discovered over the years in Ras al-Khaimah as well. The coins from Fujairah and Ras al-Khaimah can be seen in the archaeological museums of these emirates. In the later Islamic era coins from Iran, Iraq and India were recognised as legal tender throughout the region
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  A commemorative coin issued by the UAE Central Bank to mark the beginning of the 15th Century of the Hijri (Islamic) calendar A 200 gm gold coin issued in 1996 to mark the 25th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates Stone mould for casting coins from Mileiha, Sharjah. 1st or 2nd Century AD A bronze coin from Mileiha, Sharjah, dated to around 100 AD A silver Maria Theresa thaler, used in the Emirates from the 18th Century to the early 20th century A silver coin from the Arab Kingdom of Hormuz, found in Ras al-Khaimah Early Islamic silver coin from Ras al-Khaimah A gold dinar from Kush, Ras al-Khaimah, from around 960 AD