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Offline shiblius

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Ghaznavids: Amir Isma'il AR Narrow Dirham
« on: May 30, 2020, 08:38:18 PM »
Ghaznavids: Amir Ismail, AR Narrow Dirham, Farwan, Date Off-flan, 2.78 grams, 16.5-17.2 mm, Album-1601.

On both the obverse and reverse, the sequence of characters after the last line, provide a crude rendering of the mint name: Farwan. Both the fabric and the layout of the coin are identical to the narrow dirhams of Ismail’s father Amir Sebuktegin. Dated specimens of this type are difficult to find being quite rare, while most specimens are found with the obverse outer margin off-flan.

Some light reading on the reign of Amir Ismail: https://dastanesikka.wordpress.com/ismail/
Coin Details and Description: https://dastanesikka.wordpress.com/2020/05/30/narrow-dirham-of-ismail/
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Re: Ghaznavids: Amir Isma'il AR Narrow Dirham
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2020, 11:42:40 AM »
Thanks for this post and the links to the more extensive backgroundstories Shiblius !

As you say, this Isma'il type is very similar to that in the name of Sebuktegin. But also one of the early types of Mahmud i'd say (first below)
Regarding the "Tamgha" at the  top i have argued before that this can also be seen on one of the rarer bull and horseman Jital types. Thus providng a link of these with the early Ghaznavid rulers (Second below)

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Re: Ghaznavids: Amir Isma'il AR Narrow Dirham
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2020, 04:18:55 PM »
@THCoins, your WOC thread / discussion on the tamgha and its details was very informative and enlightening.
I have cited it in another post on the blog:  https://dastanesikka.wordpress.com/2020/05/23/narrow-dirham-of-sebuktegin/

Also these so-called early narrow dirhams of the Ghaznavids are very similar to each other and also in overall construction to the contemporary issues of the Hindu Shahis. The inclusion of the tamgha and keeping the overall fabric of the coin similar to the Hindu Shahi jitals /dirhams shows the reliability/reputation that the Hindu Shahi dirhams enjoyed in the regional and trans-regional trade networks.

Can compare the narrow dirhams of the three Ghaznavid Amirs here:
Sebuktegin: https://dastanesikka.wordpress.com/2020/05/23/narrow-dirham-of-sebuktegin/
Isma'il: https://dastanesikka.wordpress.com/2020/05/30/narrow-dirham-of-ismail/
Mahmud: https://dastanesikka.wordpress.com/2019/06/02/ghaznavid-narrow-dirham-of-mahmud/


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Re: Ghaznavids: Amir Isma'il AR Narrow Dirham
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2020, 06:04:02 PM »
Very much agree. There seems to have been a lineage of coinage which the authorities tried to maintain consciously. That this was at least partly to facilitate trust in the coinage seems very probable.