Coins of al-Andalus Tonegawa collection
The rare coins of al-Watah (or Alutah), struck between 402H and 406H (
Prieto nš 134-137), represent the first Taifa mint-name to appear after the
"Fitna", or Cordoba Revolution, of 399H. It is of no little embarrassment
to those studying the coinage of this period that the location of this mint
is still not at all clear.
F. Codera suggested Huete, but the Arabic script is said to be more like
Wanza. Vives suggested Visigoth Elota, of lost location, or Walutah in
Mallorca ( also Prieto, pg 105). This last correctly doubted by Miles, who
nevertheless does not suggest any other location.
What is very probable, whatever the location, is that it was at some early
point under the dominions of Mudjahid the ruler of what was to be the Taifa
of Denia, though his early movements are not very clear. One type of coin,
dated 405H, bears his name and that of his figurehead Imam, Abd Allah al-
Mu`ayti. The last mentioned, seemingly in rebellion, also appears alone on
coins of 405H & 406H.
To complicate matters further, Miles ( nš357) registers a coin purportedly
of this mint name struck in 436H by Sulayman ibn Hud of Zaragoza. If this
reading is at all correct, from the plate it cannot be confirmed, the
Mallorca location suggested above is an impossible. As the Banu Hud never
controlled it, though they probably did control Huete north of Cuenca.
Furthermore, there is an Almoravid dinar dated 511H whose mint could be read
as al-Watah ( Museo Casa de la Moneda nš 73226). This coin is probably
similar to the one cited by Brethes ( nš 869) as al-Wakha , for Loja.
In the name of
Vives 711, Prieto 134a
In the name of
Suplemento Taifas 80