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 Posted 07/10/2018  02:17 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add nautilator to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I bought this a few months ago from a dealer who said it was an Islamic coin c. 1000 years old. I tried to look for it and found ones in similar style, but not this specific one. Can anybody help pinpoint it? Dimensions are 28x26 mm, weight is 10.6 g.


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 Posted 07/10/2018  02:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It has been holed and repaired.

Not so much a detraction as with Western coins, as opposed to those of the Middle East.
Coins were often used for adornment. Thus, they were drilled and strung together, perhaps in a head dress across the forehead.

Nevertheless, it would have been better if it had not been holed.
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 Posted 07/10/2018  04:16 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kushanshah to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Qarlughids, Sayf al-Din al-Hasan Qarlugh in Sind, 1239-1249, AR tanka citing the 'Abbasid caliph al-Mustansir, known dated AH 633. Album 1813.2; Goron & Goenka SS10. Rare.

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 Posted 07/10/2018  07:48 am  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice silver coin.
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 Posted 07/11/2018  02:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nautilator to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, Kushanshah. Very helpful. I'm not seeing that exact citation anywhere but with a name like Qarlughid, it's not that hard to pick up from there. I'm seeing a number of very similar coins on acsearch, et al.



BTW: yes, I know it was holed. That's why I found it in the melt pile. It was low risk, and I like Islamic silver coins.
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 Posted 07/11/2018  05:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kushanshah to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You should be able to find similar examples here: https://www.zeno.ru/showgallery.php?cat=3279
Your second image names the ruler, Sayf / al-Dunya wa al-Din / Abu'l-Muzaffar al-Hasan / Qarlugh. The upper image has the Kalima and the name of the 'Abbasid caliph al-Mustansir Billah.
Al-Hasan Qarlugh reigned first at Ghazna in Afghanistan and later in Sind (Pakistan). Tankas modeled after those of the Sultans of Dehli were issued both places. Goron & Goenka assign this type to Sind based on style but admit the coins could have been struck elsewhere.
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07/11/2018 06:00 am
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