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Offline saro

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Civic copper of Erivan / seated lion & sun
« on: March 16, 2019, 03:56:40 PM »
8,45g / 21-22mm / dark patina
Typical seated Qajar lion facing right; the date which should be at bottom is not visible here (1204 AH?)
I think that among all civic coppers, those of Erivan show the greatest  number of designs varieties : camel, monkey, goat, elephant, lion,hare, partridge, goose, cock, peacock, fish, sunface...
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Re: Civic copper of Erivan / seated lion & sun
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2019, 04:52:41 PM »
I never thought of the lion as seated, but now you mention it, it just might be. Because of the design variety, would that have a reason or function, year or minttypes for example ?

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Re: Civic copper of Erivan / seated lion & sun
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2019, 05:35:57 PM »
I never thought of the lion as seated, but now you mention it, it just might be.
The seated lion is better seen on this similar one (from Zeno)

Persian copper coins were periodically recalled and revalued with a new design to be easily distinguished from the former coins, but no more often at Erivan than other cities; Erivan was a major persian mint and may be it's the reason why more coins are surviving from there ? Armenia was also on western merchants roads and lots of these low value coins could have been brought back with them and so preserved from melting ?
("low value" at this time, because today these coppers reach incredible prices, if you have a look at eBay for example.... ::) )
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