World of Coins

Modern Asian coins, pseudo coins and trade tokens => Iran and Afghanistan => Topic started by: saro on April 11, 2020, 05:07:15 PM

Title: Safavids, Isma'il Shah I , falus of Herat / "be la'nat series"
Post by: saro on April 11, 2020, 05:07:15 PM
Here is one of the most interesting legends appearing on some rare early safavids coins.
These coins are royal issues warning the counterfeiter of the risks involved if falsifiyng the Shah's coppers :
"be la'nat-e  ilahi taghayyoordeh-ye  folus-e  shahi" / " پیوسته بلعنت الهی تغییر ده فلوس شاهی  "
("may God's curse be forever on him who changes the royal fulus")
That could have been better a message for the governors who obtained from the shah the privilege of issuing the copper coinage in their provinces and used to corrupt it year after year, for their own great profit...  a wishful thinking, it seems !
The mintname is clear , but not the date... a similar coin on Zeno is dated 929.
7,28g / 24-25mm
Title: Re: Safavids, Isma'il Shah I , falus of Herat / "be la'nat series"
Post by: maudry on April 11, 2020, 09:37:01 PM
Nice coin. Something quite different from the civic coppers generally seen.
Title: Re: Safavids, Isma'il Shah I , falus of Herat / "be la'nat series"
Post by: Figleaf on April 11, 2020, 10:22:31 PM
Fun coin! Thank you for the explanation.

I wonder what "changing" means in this context. Is it a warning addressed to local governors, a growl against imitations from other rulers or a threat to counterfeiters? In European countries and their colonies, it could also have been advice against clipping, but that seems somehow not to happen in other parts of the world.

Peter
Title: Re: Safavids, Isma'il Shah I , falus of Herat / "be la'nat series"
Post by: saro on April 12, 2020, 10:07:02 AM
Quote from: Figleaf on April 11, 2020, 10:22:31 PM
I wonder what "changing" means in this context. Is it a warning addressed to local governors, a growl against imitations from other rulers or a threat to counterfeiters?
According to Stehen Album (checklist 318) : "taghayyordeh" / "he who changes", does not mean counterfeiter here, but refers to the governor who changes the face value of the folus at a rate profitable for himself[/i]"

I suppose that the "common" counterfeiter was, at this time, severely punished in another manner than a divine damnation... in France, during middle age, they were immersed in a pot of boiling water....in 1994, only 30 years imprisonment (20F banknote)