With the Islamic medallion (far right images), the obverse side presents a simple linear diagram of a domed mosque with two minarets left and right, two decorative crescents inside each side of the mosque, and on top two seven-pointed stars flanking the dome of the mosque.
The reverse shows the forepart of a horse galloping to the left and in front of the head of the horse a crescent. This forepart of horse type first appeared in Umayyad copper post-reform coins.
As a long-time owner of antiquities from the Levant, the Baidun family is pleased to offer the following combined collection representing distinctive artifacts of three great monotheistic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. All are being made available from the family's private collection:
Circular Temple Menorah - a Second Temple, King Herod period unique and special – very rare – stone ritual multi-nozzle lamp. This lamp was discovered by the father of the collection owner in the 1960s when building his home foundation and has remained in the family’s custody since that time. Based on its typological shape – structure/nozzle, it can be dated to the time of the Herodian second Temple era, possibly serving as a Temple ritual use item.
Early Christian Medallion - dating to about the 4th century AD. Made from lead, the medallion signifies the crucifixion and Jesus' Last Supper with twelve disciples.
Islamic Medallion - an early and perhaps first known object recording the theme of Muhammad’s night journey on the winged steed al-Burāq (the “lightning”) from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to Heaven and back. (al-Israa’ wa’l-Mi’raj). Approximately 35 mm in size and weighing 33.1 gm, this medallion was most likely engraved during the early part of the Umayyad period (661-750 CE) on an ancient Greek Ptolemaic bronze coin (3rd century BCE).
While these items might be purchased separately, the Baidun’s hope is for a combined collection - illustrating the continuing importance of all three great monotheistic faiths for the history and future of the Levant - and for our global civilization.