© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157005808X289340 Arabica 55 (2008) 113-121 www.brill.nl/arab Notes et documents Who is “Th e Warrior” on Western Islamic Copper Coins? (A Quranic Key for an Unidentiﬁ ed Icon) Salvador Peña and Miguel Vega Universidad de Málaga—Archivo Diocesano de Málaga J. Walker (1956: 22) included 1 in his corpus of primitive Arab-Bizantine, and Umayyad Islamic coins a fals , i.e. a copper coin, apparently from the Iberian Peninsula, that displayed as a relevant trait a ﬁgurative icon on one of its two sides. Walker described the icon as follows: “Within a small circle, helmeted head facing r[ight]”. Figure 1 Th e coin, as can be seen in the example 2 ( ﬁgure 1 ), displayed also the usual Arabic legends, consisting in the double Islamic credo. On the other side of the coin, probably the obverse, we read: Lā ilāh illā Llāh wah. dah lā šarīk lah 1 We would like to thank Maribel Fierro and Manuela Marín for their comments on the last draft of this article. 2 Fals, s.l., s.d. ; weight: 3.00 gr., width: 15.72 mm., thickness: 2.33 mm. Private collection. Photograph: the authors; previously published in Vega, Peña and
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Published: Jan 1, 2008
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