Author Topic: Ahurpat, the King of Kesh  (Read 447 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Pellinore

  • Moderator
  • Meritorious Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 813
    • Some numismatic books for sale on our website
Ahurpat, the King of Kesh
« on: September 24, 2015, 02:57:21 AM »
Meet Ahurpat, the King of Kesh! A tiny late 7th century bronze coin from South-Sogdia - Kesh or Kish is near Qarshi in Uzbekistan, south of Samarkand. The obverse has been inspired by the Sassanians: a proud king with a big nose (although my partner thought it is rather more like a duck in a pond! You can see it, or you can't).

The reverse shows a triskelis, a three-legged swastika (not unlike a tamgha though), surrounded by Sogdian texts.
A few years after Ahurpat's demise, his country was overrun by the Arabs.
It measures 18 x 14 mm (part has broken off, or was never there). The weight is 1,21 gr.
It's a rare little coin, I'm quite happy that I could find one.
-- Paul
« Last Edit: November 27, 2017, 11:35:43 PM by Pellinore »

Offline THCoins

  • Moderator
  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4 335
Re: Ahurpat, the King of Kesh
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2015, 09:20:18 AM »
Very characterfull coin. I guess at the time you would not have to dare saying the king had a duck-face !  :)

Offline Pellinore

  • Moderator
  • Meritorious Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 813
    • Some numismatic books for sale on our website
Re: Ahurpat, the King of Kesh
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2017, 10:37:55 AM »
I saw this better version of the same type on Ebay, but didn't manage to buy it. Quite impressive I think. I wonder about the text, which should be readable on both coins, once you know which language it is.
-- Paul
« Last Edit: December 03, 2017, 10:54:22 AM by Pellinore »

Offline THCoins

  • Moderator
  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4 335
Re: Ahurpat, the King of Kesh
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2017, 01:00:47 PM »
Here thyo portrait looks like it came from "Planet of the Apes". The script will be Sogdian, but i have not mastered that.

Offline Figleaf

  • Administrator
  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 25 632
Re: Ahurpat, the King of Kesh
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2017, 02:19:01 PM »
Excellent fun coin, Paul. TFP. There is plenty of literature on the Sogdian script, but I find that usually, the lettering is so warped on coins that it can't be read anyway. Noted experts on coins with Sogdian script can come up with totally different readings. Whenever I visit ancient monuments, I am reminded that it is so much easier to destroy than to create. The death, destruction and misery caused by islamisation of the region is beyond imagination, rivalled only by the Christianisation of the Roman empire. In that perspective, the Sogdian script is no more than collateral damage.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.