Arab-byzantine, Umayyad Caliphate, pre-reform coinage. AE Fals, Emesa mint, 41-77 H / 661-697 AD. D/ Facing bust of Byzantine emperor, holding globus cruciger. R/ Large M. Walker 59. AE. g. 3.22 mm. 20.00 Red desert patina. VF. Byzantine authority collapsed in the face of repeated assaults on the borders of Syria-Palestine in the late 6th-early 7th century CE. As a result of this power vacuum, the cities of the region began to strike their first autonomous civic coinage in almost 400 years. This became the basis for the Islamic system of dispersed local mints providing regional coinage. (CNG 63, 845).
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