Marking International Women’s Day, 8th March, the gold medal was struck by Numismatica Genevensis and was given in celebration of the role women have played in history.
Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, GWU, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, FDF, has been gifted an exquisite commemorative gold medal.
The gold medal was gifted by the exhibition’s curator, Dr. Alain Baron, founder of the specialist coin auction house and research institution, Numismatica Genevensis, to mark the opening of Coins of Islam: History Revealed, running at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre (SZGMC) until 28th April.
The exhibition, inaugurated by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, presents one of the world’s most significant collections of Arab and Islamic coinage ever assembled, through the unique perspective on that history afforded by coins and currency.
One of the many unique aspects of the exhibition is a dedicated pavilion celebrating the achievements of great women throughout various Islamic eras, as seen through the history of coins.
As patron of the exhibition, Sheikha Fatima stated that the title, Coins of Islam: History Revealed, fits this exhibition’s context which explores the extended history of Islamic nations, in all its details.
“It allows both men and women to learn about the flourishing of early Islam across various successive eras, whilst revealing its hidden gems and vast impact,” she said.
She expressed how impressed she was by the many coins engraved with images of influential women who left their mark on Islamic history, giving the example of the Silver Dirham from AH183 (799/800 CE), depicting the Abbasid Princess Zubayda bin Jafar ibn Mansur.
Princess Zubayda was particularly remembered for the series of reservoirs and artificial pools that provided water for Muslim pilgrims along the route from Baghdad to Mecca and Medina, said to be financed by Princess Zubayda herself, with the route being subsequently renamed the “Darb Zubayda” in her honour.
Striking coins, carrying the names of these great women is an authentic display of appreciation towards them and highlights how Islam honoured women throughout history by situating them at the core foundation of societies, Her Highness added.
“The exhibition also sets a historical context, additionally displaying examples of great women celebrated across the span of history, represented on coins since the earliest times.
“They are inarguable evidence of the important role women played in the earliest civilisations, both from the physical domain as well as the spiritual and mythological,” Sheikha Fatima said.