Help with central Asian medieval coin?

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by stldanceartist, May 30, 2023.

  1. stldanceartist

    stldanceartist Minister of Silly Walks

    Hey everyone - had a friend ask me to figure out what this coin was - and I have to admit I’m not sure. Said he bought it in Afghanistan.


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  3. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    I found a lot of them that look close to it, just can't find the right coin.
    Hope somebody here has an answer.
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  4. The Eidolon

    The Eidolon Well-Known Member

    It seems based on a dirham, but there are so many different types (and imitative types) I would have trouble narrowing it down. Maybe try the Ancients forum?
    My square dirham doesn't look much like it... (Granada 1390-1491) Square dirham.jpeg
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  5. willieboyd2

    willieboyd2 First Class Poster

    Looks like Afghanistan, Ghaznavid dynasty, Mahmud of Ghazni, AD 997-1030, silver dirhem

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  6. dltsrq

    dltsrq Grumpy Old Man

    I agree. The reverse names Yamin al-Dawla Mahmud in the last two lines. Also named is the 'Abbasid caliph al-Qadir billah. The first letters of the mint name bi-Ghazna appear in the obverse margin at 6 o'clock. The date is off flan.
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