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Sources For Identifying Islamic/Indian Coins - Please?

 
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 Posted 12/09/2022  12:54 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add gerio2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I've posted two coins on here and in another Forum on CC which I'm trying to identify for someone but had no replies, even though many dozens of views.

I've approached an Indian specialist who couldn't help either.

Can anyone please recommend me any way to get these ID'd?

Thanks!
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 Posted 12/09/2022  1:38 pm  Show Profile   Check Seeker55's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Seeker55 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The sources I rely on the most are Krause's book South Asian Coins and Paper Money, Goron & Goenka's book The Coins of the Indian Sultanates, and the Zeno database ( http://search.zeno.ru ). Searching the Numista database can also be helpful ( https://en.numista.com ).

For difficult-to-attribute Indian or Islamic coins, it might be worthwhile to post them on the World of Coins identification website,

http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/in...rd,87.0.html

because there are more Indian experts there, and more members who can read Islamic coins.

As a personal policy, without weight to the nearest tenth of a gram and size to the nearest mm I will not attempt identification of such coins, because Zeno can't be used and it makes ID much more difficult.

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 Posted 12/09/2022  5:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@ger, in addition to some of the refs mentioned by @seek, I use Stephen Album's Checklist of Islamic Coins.
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 Posted 12/10/2022  04:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add gerio2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Really helpful thank you.
Yes I've found those limitations with trying via Zeno. Trouble is I'm looking for an expat who is abroad so I don't have the two coins in my hand.
Thanks Keith12 - I reposted them on this forum (couldn't work out how to delete them from the other but thought I'd keep them there too, in case) but got no replies even after 100+ views

I've worked my way through Numista, ACSearch, CoinArchives, & Numiscorner

I'll try your suggestions now. Thanks!
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 Posted 12/10/2022  11:31 am  Show Profile   Check Seeker55's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Seeker55 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Your expat friend should use a ruler and take the coins to a jeweler's shop to be weighed.
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 Posted 12/11/2022  03:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kushanshah to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The only way to confidently attribute Islamic coins is to read them and in the case of these two, there just isn't enough to go on. Attempting to match a border decoration is going to lead nowhere, I'm afraid. Coins from from the Bengal Sultanate (modern Bangladesh) aren't likely to turn up thousands of miles to the west in the northern Persian Gulf region. As others have noted, the diameter in mm and weight in gms (to one or two decimals) would be a great help in narrowing down the field. A more accurate location would be helpful as well. Your best bet at the moment is dumb luck, someone just happening to recognize a coin they know well. Good luck!

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 Posted 12/15/2022  1:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add gerio2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for these additional bits of advice. I'll try to get more detail
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