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Offline Rangnath

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Iran KM 103, copper falus AH(10)85, Mashad mint
« on: June 26, 2007, 01:12:05 AM »
I looked through Craig and Krause and found it not.  This one is 19 mm across and weighs 3.6 gms.  I think its copper. 
Come to think of it, I guess it has to be Persian, right?  Afghanistan didn't become it's own entity until after what 1750? 
The other coin was minted in Qandihar.

"The stars stood still
As our shoulders gently touched,
swaying to a fro on a bus bound for Qandihar.
On hard wooden seats,
our dust and weary bones
warmed by the cool moon light,
silhouetted camels and thoughts of
sugery mint tea."
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Re: Another animal coin from Afghanistan or Persia
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2007, 01:53:57 AM »
Iran KM 103, copper falus AH(10)85 Tabriz or maybe Yazd with the same lion and sun, this time turned right.

Peter
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Re: Another animal coin from Afghanistan or Persia
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2007, 03:59:10 AM »
Well, that is terrific.  You've made my evening! Thank you Peter.
Richie

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Re: Another animal coin from Afghanistan or Persia
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2007, 08:52:33 AM »
Your night ride to Kandahar deserved no less. I presume you read "The man who would be king"? One of the very few stories that were as well on film and in print.

Peter
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Re: Another animal coin from Afghanistan or Persia
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2007, 06:45:47 PM »
Yes, I agree; a marvelous story.  I?ve been to places where I felt as if I were the first of my ethnicity to enter a place of paradise.  Unfortunately, there were no subtitles, no one there spoke Hindi, Nepali, German, French, Spanish, Italian or Hebrew.  And there was no one as far as the eye could see to speak English.  Events occurred that, forty years later, I still don?t have an explanation. And maybe its better that way.
Richie


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Re: Another animal coin from Afghanistan or Persia
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2007, 11:11:51 PM »
The mint on this coin actually reads Mashhad. KM 5th ed. 19th cent. list it as KM#64. Lion and sun. On the coin I can't observe a date, but on better specimen, according to KM, dates of AH1258 and 1261 have been observed.

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Re: Another animal coin from Afghanistan or Persia
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2007, 11:27:42 PM »
I am enjoying this. I must have been looking for the mint name in the wrong place. Please enlighten me. Where is the mint name?

Also, is the mint name the only difference between 64 and 103?

Those KM numbers are a real mess, BTW. ::)

Peter
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Re: Another animal coin from Afghanistan or Persia
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2007, 12:06:49 AM »
The mint name is just above falus and starts with Mim, followed by Seen/H?/Alif/Daal = Mashad or Mashhad (when there is a small w above the H?, but thes diacritical symbols are often omitted).
The whole legend from bottom to top reads: Falus / Mashhad / Makdus (Falus (struck at) Mashhad the Holy.
You may also have a look at W.H. Valentine: Modern copper coins of the Muhammadan States (London 1911/reprint by Spink & Son Ltd. 1969). page 138/139.

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Re: Afghani civic copper; Mashad mint
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2007, 08:38:46 AM »
Thanks, Oesho!

Peter
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Re: Persian civic copper; Mashad mint
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2007, 08:33:15 PM »
Thanks Oesho!
Forgive me for using the title of Afghani instead of Pesian. 
This is from the web:
"Mashhad, Iran's holiest city, is located 850 kilometers North East of Tehran. Back in the 9th century, Imam Reza was poinsoned and martyred in the city. He was the eighth Imam (head spiritual leader) of Shi'ate Islam (Some consider him Imam of all Muslims. His holy position made his tomb a sacred place for pilgrims to worship."

And this explains why the phrase "struck at Mashhad the Holy" is accurate.

richie