Author Topic: Afghanistan, Civic copper with hole to wear as pendant?  (Read 125 times)

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Offline maudry

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Afghanistan, Civic copper with hole to wear as pendant?
« on: May 21, 2020, 12:36:52 AM »
I find this one interesting.
Several times overstruck.
Hardly anything of a design identifiable, only fals visible.
But someone thought it worthwhile to put a hole into it and use it as pendant. I would have thought they would at least have used a coin with a nice flower or animal on it.
Size: +/-23mm
Weight: 5.88gr

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Re: Afghanistan, Civic copper with hole to wear as pendant?
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2020, 02:01:47 PM »
Kabul / "بل  bul" of "Kabul is legible over "falus" .
it could be Val. 37 or 38, p.167 (with a 180 ° rotation of 1st picture)
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Re: Afghanistan, Civic copper with hole to wear as pendant?
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2020, 04:31:48 PM »
On your second picture, it is clear that the nail that made the hole was driven into the metal, while on the first one, the metal of the hole seems to have been flattened against a background that was softer than the iron of the nail, but harder than wood. This doesn't sound like jewellery or a skilled jeweller. I can think of two alternatives:

1) Because it no longer had a discernible motive or text (except for saro and Maythem, of course ;)), it was a religiously defensible amulet for intrepid desert travellers who needed something to ward off disease, protect them against the dangers of travel or help them in battle.

2) For the same reason, it may have been used to ward off grave robbers, where it would be nailed firmly into stone. I have seen a Roman coin used as such, found in the catacombs. However, on this coin, the sharp spikes of the metal that was in the hole stuck out. Maybe that is just a question of the hardness of the stone?

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Re: Afghanistan, Civic copper with hole to wear as pendant?
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2020, 06:38:33 PM »
Because it no longer had a discernible motive or text (except for saro and Maythem, of course ;)),
yet it is very clear :D ;)
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Re: Afghanistan, Civic copper with hole to wear as pendant?
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2020, 11:43:26 PM »
Thank you very much for your comments.
I didn't think it was possible to identify it.
I only posted it for the interest that is had been transformed into jewelry (or something similar).