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Impressive Medallic 10 Shahi

Safavid, Husayn I, AH 1105-1135 / AD 1694-1722, silver 10 shahi (16.88g, 52mm). Isfahan AH 1128, "9" recut over "8" (as Rabino-19, but a smaller denomination). Extremely rare. Attractively toned and boldly struck on an immense flan. Choice Extremely Fine.

Despite producing some of the most impressive coins of all the Safavids, Husayn I's listless rule of Persia led to his dynasty's downfall. When Sulayman I was on his deathbed, he reputedly asked the court eunuchs to select between his two sons as to who should succeed him. The eunuchs chose Husayn, knowing him to be the most docile and easily controlled. A devout Muslim, Husayn spent his early reign concentrating on religious matters and passing laws against consumption of alcohol and opium, restrictions he was loath to follow himself. In time he handed off most of his duties to unscrupulous ministers while he enjoyed the pleasures of his harem and gardens. Without a firm hand in control, Shia and Sunni fell into deadly strife and revolts broke out in the remote provinces. The Afghan warlord Mahmud of the Hotaki clan marched into Persia laid siege to Husayn's capital of Isfahan, forcing him to abdicate and declare Mahmud the new shah. Husayn's son Thamasp II refused to accept the new regime and set up a rival court in Tabriz. 

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