The first Arabic coinage of Georgian monarchs: rediscovering the Specie of Davit IV the Builder (1089-1125), King of Kings and Sword of Messiah
We discovered, presented and reviewed seven completely new specimens of the coin type issued by a certain Davit, King of Kings and Sword of Messiah, and represented by a unique piece before. The study of this coinage is far from being complete due to the poor state of preservation of the extant specimens, particularly of their margins (future discoveries of the bigger pieces may shed more light upon this issue). However, the reexamination and reconsideration of the central legends led to their alternative reconstruction, providing valuable data and indicating that Davit V, son of Dimitri (I) minted no coinage (or that none survived), and the coin type previously attributed to this Georgian King was in effect issued by Davit IV the Builder, son of Giorgi (II); most probably, despite some discrepancies, it constituted the currency described, albeit somewhat imprecisely, by Al-F!riq". The incessant, as it was thought earlier, 12th-13th c. emissions of the Georgian monarchs now are interrupted at the short reign of Davit V; however, on the other hand, the numismatic legacy of Davit IV reign was enriched by a very noteworthy coin type, providing very valuable information for the research of the numismatic, and, more generally, political, economical and cultural history of Georgia and the whole region in that epoch.
Polymnia: Numismatica antica e medievale. Studi
EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Irakli Paghava, "The first Arabic coinage of Georgian monarchs: rediscovering the Specie of Davit IV the Builder (1089-1125), King of Kings and Sword of Messiah", in Bruno Callegher e Arianna D'Ottone (a cura di): The 3rd Simone Assemani Symposium on Islamic Coins, Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2012, pp. 220-261.