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Civic copper of Khoy, sunface in six pointed star
« on: July 17, 2019, 02:32:14 PM »
27,5 mm /17,98g
This coin isn't recorded anywhere it seems... traces of a previous strike are visible,  with, at 3 o'clock, the word "sanah" and remains of a date hardly legible on a picture but which, with the coin in hand, likely gives "1237" and then this coin could have been struck at time of Fath 'Ali Qajar.
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Re: Civic copper of Khoy, sunface in six pointed star
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2019, 05:41:39 PM »
traces of a previous strike are visible,  with, at 3 o'clock, the word "sanah" and remains of a date hardly legible

I have been now able to identify this previous coin... it 's a coin of the same mint, listed by B.Alaedini p.103 and dated 1230 AH : a type with a colt running to left, looking back and a very similar style of obverse on which "sanah + date" is only added.
"Sanah" on obverse and remains of the ends of the fore legs of the colt at 8 o'clock, and an ornament at 11 o'clock are still visible on the reverse.
Two coins for the cost of only one... :)
« Last Edit: July 22, 2019, 08:28:44 AM by saro »
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Re: Civic copper of Khoy, sunface in six pointed star
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2019, 05:51:57 PM »
Fascinating. Top class detective work that you found both host and overstrike. What I find puzzling now is the dates. If I understand you correctly, you read 1237 on the overstrike and the host1230 on the host. However, my understanding is that the civic coins were overstruck every year. In that case, I would have expected 1231, rather than 1237.

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Re: Civic copper of Khoy, sunface in six pointed star
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2019, 10:33:49 PM »
Thank you Peter for your relevant remark.
Civic coppers were not systematically re-struck every year, that depended of the rapacity of the governors, of the area and of the considered period. According to Steve Album speaking on civic coppers (from 'Sylloge of Islamic Coins in the Ashmolean'), "the old coins were recalled at intervals that could vary  from a few months  to a decade or more".
Under the Qajars who tried to reach some uniformity in copper coinage, with exceptions (...) it was somewhat better.
 This host coin of Khoy could well have been in use for many years, between 1230 & 1237 or more ?
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