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Medieval and cash coins => Islamic world => Topic started by: Pellinore on April 11, 2020, 06:34:51 PM

Title: Another striking Qarakhanid fals, Kushani 413 AH
Post by: Pellinore on April 11, 2020, 06:34:51 PM
This fals is remarkable, for me, because of the use of Kufic script as well as a cursive Arabic script with big lettering on the reverse.
I'd like to know where the town of al-Kushani was to be found - a curious name. And can you help deciphering this coin?

Qarakhanid AE fals, al-Kushani, 413/ 1011. Mansur b. 'Ali as Arslan Khan + Ahmad b. al-Hasan. 25 mm, 3.05 gr. Album 3351, Kochnev 593. Zeno 15848.

-- Paul
Title: Re: Another striking Qarakhanid fals, Kushani 413 AH
Post by: THCoins on April 12, 2020, 01:13:38 PM
Interesting and elegant specimen. To my amazement the left side is fairly easily readable to me. But to prevent overconfidence, the right side is hard again.
On the left in the center : "Allah / Arslan Khan / Ahmad bin al-Hasan"
In the margin the kalima starting slightly left of 12 o'clock : "La illaha illa Allah, wahadu la sherik lahu, Muhammad Rasul Allah"

Kushani should have been located somewhere between Samarqand and Bukhara ?
Title: Re: Another striking Qarakhanid fals, Kushani 413 AH
Post by: toofast on April 12, 2020, 01:58:11 PM
The right-side image is not a cursive Arabic script. It is 'Arslan Khan' in Uyghur language.
Title: Re: Another striking Qarakhanid fals, Kushani 413 AH
Post by: Figleaf on April 12, 2020, 03:35:42 PM
If the script is Uygur (North China), the mint is not in present-day Uzbekistan (South-West of China).

Peter
Title: Re: Another striking Qarakhanid fals, Kushani 413 AH
Post by: Pellinore on April 15, 2020, 11:50:16 PM
I just discovered I had earlier bought a coin of Kushani 413H. Is it exactly the same type?
24.5 mm, 2.60 gr.

-- Paul
Title: Re: Another striking Qarakhanid fals, Kushani 413 AH
Post by: esnible on April 16, 2020, 02:10:19 AM
I'd like to know where the town of al-Kushani was to be found - a curious name. And can you help deciphering this coin?

I believe al-Kushani is Kesh, now Shahrisabz in Uzbekistan. Shahrisabz - Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahrisabz)
Title: Re: Another striking Qarakhanid fals, Kushani 413 AH
Post by: THCoins on April 18, 2020, 09:58:26 AM
The last coin shown seems to be the same type, though the inscriptions were easier to read on the first.