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Medieval and cash coins => Islamic world => Topic started by: Desibot on August 10, 2019, 12:03:13 PM

Title: Horse rider: Kwarezmshah Ala al-din Muhammad
Post by: Desibot on August 10, 2019, 12:03:13 PM
Hi guys help on this islamic  coin
Thoughts welcome


Thanks

Desibot
Title: Re: Horse rider
Post by: THCoins on August 10, 2019, 12:35:23 PM
Nice specimen ! This is a horserider jital issued under Khwarezmshah Ala al-Din Muhammad (1200-1220AD). There is a big variety of these. Most issued form Taliqan and Shafurqan mint. Your specimen does not fit exactly with one of the examples shown in the Tye's Jitals catalog (Tye no 208 to 213).
The text side reads: "al-Sultan /  al-a'zam Ala / al-duniya wa al-Din / Muhammad bin Sultan". The lowest line is unfortunately largely of flan. This would give either the mintname, or it might be "Tekish", the name of Ala al-Din's father.
Title: Re: Horse rider
Post by: Desibot on August 11, 2019, 10:44:06 AM
Thanks for the info THcoin much appreciated.
Title: Re: Horse rider
Post by: Figleaf on August 11, 2019, 12:19:42 PM
I am puzzled by what seems like a diagonal line of text running from 3 to 7 o'clock. Or is this an optical illusion?

Peter
Title: Re: Horse rider
Post by: THCoins on August 11, 2019, 01:09:45 PM
If you mean the line on the text side, that likely is a caused by a die crack trough the text, this is also visible in front of the horse.
Title: Re: Horse rider
Post by: Figleaf on August 11, 2019, 03:48:57 PM
The crack is not opposite the funny text structure (compare the shape of the flan on the two pics.) It may be that some kind of blob connects the two lines of text. Solder, perhaps? Or a damaged die?

BTW, I don't mean the parallel scratches. They are likley modern and made when the coin was dug up.

Peter
Title: Re: Horse rider
Post by: THCoins on August 11, 2019, 06:28:14 PM
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The crack is not opposite the funny text structure (compare the shape of the flan on the two pics.)
When comparing the flan shape you must take into account the perspective distortion. The pictures are taken from below at an angle to the surface of the coin with a wide-angle lens. If you correct for this things line up perfectly i think. At least we agree on the possibly damaged die  ;)