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Medieval and cash coins => Other medieval coins => Topic started by: Finn235 on January 05, 2018, 05:00:58 PM

Title: Kashmir Smast
Post by: Finn235 on January 05, 2018, 05:00:58 PM
I love when an unidentified coin leads to more learning.

Kashmir Smast is the name of a cave system in India/Pakistan that was apparently home to an ephemeral kingdom or quasi-independent state in the early medieval period. There are a few dozen small AE types known, usually about a gram, and mostly based on Kidarite or Kushano-Sassanian prototypes, although other imitations and independent inventions have been found. All coins are apparently quite rare, although I don't know if we are talking a few dozen, hundreds, or thousands of specimens known.

Square AE 11x8mm, 0.88g
Facing crowned, bearded bust, ribbon left
Lakshmi/Ardoxsho seated with cornucopia, Brahmi letter right?
Title: Re: Kashmir Smast
Post by: Finn235 on January 05, 2018, 05:03:06 PM
AE 11mm, 0.5g
Facing bust with puffy hair flowing outward
Fire altar
Title: Re: Kashmir Smast
Post by: THCoins on January 05, 2018, 07:18:37 PM
Fascinating series ! I am still amazed by the sheer variety in these types. They do not seem to have been the result of mass-production certainly.
Thanks for showing !
Title: Re: Kashmir Smast
Post by: Pellinore on January 06, 2018, 05:56:58 PM
Fascinating coins. You may find them in Vondrovec, and there are some nice articles in the Journal of Oriental Numismatic Society, nrs. 187 and 209. And naturally, there's Zeno (https://www.zeno.ru/showgallery.php?cat=3738).

This is a Kidarite coin with a comparable aspect, but where it comes from I don't know.
Obv. Portrait with Sasanian crown and hairballs at its sides. Rev. fire altar with attendants and long ribbons. 12 mm, 0.4 gr.

-- Paul

Title: Re: Kashmir Smast
Post by: RG on August 19, 2019, 06:06:15 PM
Added this tiny 0.5gram coin recently. Pic courtesy to seller friend.
Title: Re: Kashmir Smast
Post by: Figleaf on August 19, 2019, 09:00:14 PM
Too few examples for drawing any conclusions, but the rectangular coins are better shaped than the more or less round ones. Are these coins lumpy or thin?

Peter