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Offline saro

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Afghanistan, civic copper with open hand (1)
« on: October 22, 2018, 04:46:19 PM »
23 to 25mm / 8,70g
Unfortunately it has been heavily overstruck (with the same die it seems?) It shows a hand which is called "hand of 'Abbas", I think.
I've had it for a long time and it remained an enigma until I found a similar one some time later (24 years ago ...) with a legible part of the mintname (Ahmadshahi).
2 digits of the date are clearly legible :"24" at 2 o'clock, so that the word"  فیت " on left of the hand  (a part of a blessing formula ? )
1224 AH could fit ?
The coin 84 of Valentine, dated 1295 AH shows a hand similar to the "hand of 'Abbas" (palm of hand) see this post; this one is of a different type:  the hand is inverted ( back of the hand ?) inside a double decorative border of ornaments and dots.
It seems to me that one was listed by S. Album few years ago, but I can't find it now...
Any reference would be welcome  :)

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Re: Afghanistan, civic copper with open hand (1)
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2018, 10:26:47 AM »
At first glance I would think it more of a flower than a hand without seeing your other example first that shows it's clearly a hand.  8)