Ever go onto a seller's store because you want to get combined shipping to make a good deal into a great deal, and get so caught up that you buy a few coins from places and people you had never heard of five minutes before? And get so busy researching that you lose the coin you wanted in the first place?
Well I did.
These are two little coins from a place called Sogdiana at the heart of the Silk Road. Apparently the only large oasis in the area, it became a melting pot of cultures; merchants enjoyed trade with other merchants from China, Hunnic tribes, Kushans, Parthians/Sassanians, and Greeks. Today we would call this area Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
Maybe 1st - 3rd c. AD?
AR scyphate "obol"
Obv: Extremely stylized bust left (the big thick vertical line is the nose)
Rev: Apollo (?) Standing, holding bow
These curious little coins are apparently imitative of "an Antiochus coin" but I have not been able to figure out which one.
Anonymous AE "Early Rulers"
Ca. 300-500 AD
Tamgha (tribal seal) surrounded by sogdian legend
Seller attributed this one to "Vanvan" but I have been unable to find a single other source to back it up.
Paid $30 shipped for both!
Feel free to chime in with any corrections or discussion--I know very little about these fun little coins.