lost in translation

Once upon a time, there was an English king named Offa.

He reigned from approximately 757–796.

(He wasn’t king of England; he was king of Mercia, one of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms before England was united and thus made ripe for takeover by the Normans.)

Late in King Offa’s reign, one of his money makers designed a new coin in his image. On one side, it said “Offa Rex” ; on the other side, it said…“There is no God but Allah,
and Muhammad is his prophet.”

How did this happen?


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