One of rarest and most expensive of all Islamic gold coins, struck perhaps to coincide with an occasion when Caliph himself led the Hajj pilgrimage to the Mecca, sold for record £3.7 million in a sale at specialist auctioneers Morton & Eden in London. The price makes it 2nd most expensive coin ever auctioned.

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The Umayyad dinar, dated 105h (723AD) was struck from precious gold mined at a location owned by the Caliph himself – known on coins as “Mine of Commander of Faithful”.

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