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Offline Figleaf

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Whatzit?
« on: August 27, 2016, 03:10:23 PM »
I am close to giving up on this coin. I think I see 82 below on side b, but that's as far as I get.

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Re: Whatzit?
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2016, 07:05:06 PM »
72

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Re: Whatzit?
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2016, 07:45:36 PM »
Quite so. Why must the 7 be right next to the 8 on the keyboard? ::)

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Offline Figleaf

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Re: Whatzit?
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2016, 02:04:41 PM »
I think it's the date and it's 72x. Does that help?

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Re: Whatzit?
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2016, 06:39:45 PM »
Or 77?

Is the character above the left-hand 7 a sad (ص)? Just wondering if I'm seeing a rather bungled attempt att مصر, Misr = Egypt.

Offline Figleaf

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Re: Whatzit?
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2016, 11:51:10 PM »
Thanks for reacting, Fosseway. It's driving me up against the wall, which is not good for the wallpaper.

It does look more like 72, as the rightmost stroke doesn't go all the way down.

It came in a lot of medieval Arabic coins. I suspect the writing is some variety of Kufic. Maybe too early for misr?

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Re: Whatzit?
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2016, 10:36:39 AM »
It looks familiar. Isn't it Mongol? If these are numbers, it could be (6)72 as well. 672 AH = 1274 AD; that would put you in the reign of Kublai Khan and his brothers and nephews. 720 AH = 1320 AD. I'm not well acquainted with the more fragmentary later history of the Mongolian realms.
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Re: Whatzit?
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2016, 01:14:12 AM »
Found it, more or less: Zeno #26241. And Zeno #159256 is not so far amiss, either.
In any case, it is a Chagatayid fals minted in Khujand, now Tajikistan, east from Tashkent. 72x could well be right, that would spell 1320-1330 AD.
I have a coin that's not unlike yours. 23 mm, 1,48 gr.
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Re: Whatzit?
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2016, 10:01:42 AM »
Misunderstanding. See this thread. ;)

Peter
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