I was left this coin as part of an estate from a great uncle. Where
is the coin from and what is its approximate age?
David Vagi, director of ancients at Numismatic Guaranty Corp. and
who writes the “Ancients Today” column for Coin World
Special Edition, examined the coin images Ms. Engelhaupt submitted.
Vagi says, “The Kufic inscriptions are not complete on the coin,
so no 100 percent guarantee, but a 98 percent guarantee that it is a
copper piece of Nasir al-Din Artuq Arslan, of the Artuqids of Mardin,
who ruled A.D. 1200/1201 to 1239.
“It should weigh about 6 grams (the range is from about 3.75 to
9.00 grams), which has caused some specialists to consider it a half
denomination of the typical Artuqid copper ‘dirham’ unit. [Judging]
from the photo there is an excellent chance it is genuine; if so, it
is certainly worth [an amount] in the $150 to $300 range.”
The Artuqids were an Islamic dynasty that ruled an area
encompassing parts of present-day Iraq, Syria and Turkey.
I have been collecting Presidential and Sacagawea dollars. Can you
please tell me how these coins are classified as position A and
position B? It seems that no one can agree as to what is what.
Regarding incused edge inscriptions on the circulating
Presidential dollar coins and the Sacagawea, Native American dollars,
Professional Coin Grading Service characterizes a “Position A” dollar
coin as one on which the edge lettering is upside down when the
obverse of the coin (portrait side) is facing up. If the edge
lettering reads normally with the obverse of the coin facing up, PCGS
calls this “Position B.”
Third-party grading services Numismatic Guaranty Corp. and ANACS
do not make the “A” and “B” designation on their slab labels when
grading and encapsulating the dollar coins.
The market assigns no value premium for a Position A dollar versus
a Position B dollar, or vice versa. The edge inscription for
circulation-strike dollars is applied completely at random by the Mint.
On Proof dollars the edge inscription is formed by a different
process in Position B orientation.
The incused edge inscription has been used on Presidential dollars
since first being issued in 2007. The edge inscription was added to
the Sacagawea, Native American dollars beginning in 2009. The
Sacagawea dollars of 2000 to 2008 do not feature edge devices.
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