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Some of you know that I have been dabbling in pre-medieval coins lately and so here is a recent pick-up for me. I'm definitely a student of the Dark Ages, so I would welcome any corrections or suggestions from anyone here on this subject.

The coins of South Sogdinana (also spelled Soghd), a Principality of Nakhshab, are not well described in the English literature. Sogdiana is in present day Qarshi, Uzbekistan. Unsurprisingly, these coins were first described in the Russia numismatic literature. When I searched CCF, I found only a few appearances of Sogdian coins (by @finn and @daviduk):

http://goccf.com/t/328580

http://goccf.com/t/255825

http://goccf.com/t/257235&whichpage=8#2365886

I should point out that there was also an interesting thread from @bobL on countermarked coins by the Sogdians:
http://goccf.com/t/275070

and Ron mentions them in his opus-in-progress, "Ancient Coin Reference Guide": https://www.coincommunity.com/pdf/A...ce-Guide.pdf


From what I gather, the coins of Soghd are found in both Silver and Copper, with the copper ones generally depicting an archer or a king stabbing an upright lion. Dating of them is uncertain due to the same designs being used for long periods of time and the inscriptions on these coins seem to have been badly blundered. I did reach out to Prof. Naymark at Hofstra University to get a copy of his recent paper, "The Coinage of Nakhshab during the First-Fourth Centuries CE. Towards a New Systematization of Sogdian Coinages and the Political History of Sogd during Antiquity" As with so many folks in academia, he was eager to share his knowledge. From this paper, the timing of the transition between coins depicting an archer and the "lion-stabber" or Leontomachia is pinpointed to the 360s AD. The end date seems to be less certain, perhaps into the 6th Century. The attribution of my coin is Rtveladze #39 and zeno.ru #165642.



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 Posted 07/20/2019  4:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Neat coin. I like these gems from Eastern cultures.

What is the actual color of the coin, Dave? I assume the pic is not providing us with a good reading.



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I am always impressed with how supportive so many serious scholars are. Michael Alram, among others, gave me a very helpful assist with some research a couple years back. These guys and gals are often so generous.
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What is the actual color of the coin,


Yes I have been struggling with this question of late http://goccf.com/t/351707).

Here are pics that are a bit closer in color to what I am seeing with the coin in hand:




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 Posted 07/20/2019  10:08 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree really neat coin, I need to add some to my collection.
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 Posted 07/21/2019  4:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very interestin coin!
Will have to look into these more..Thanks for sharing..
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