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Offline andyg

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Maldives, Larin, AH125x
« on: October 30, 2017, 09:17:45 PM »
Can anyone work out the date on this one?

Maldives, Larin, KM#35 (?), AH125x
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Re: Maldives, Larin, AH125x
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2017, 10:49:48 PM »
I agree with the id. If that is indeed a five, the only date known to Tim Browder in that decennium is dated 1257. He reports a weight of 1.5 gram. If it is a failed 9, it could be 1292, 1298 (1.6 grams) or 1294 (3.2 grams). Murphy's law dictates that the weight of your coin is 1.55 gram. :)

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Re: Maldives, Larin, AH125x
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2017, 11:24:54 AM »
I can confirm the date of this coin is indeed 1257AH. 

The figure "5" does not appear very often on Maldivian coin dates, but the way it is shown varies widely.  On this coin, 1154 Larins and 2 Lari it is like a reversed figure "6" on its back.  On 1153 Larins it is like a figure"8" on its back, but on 1105 Half Larins it resembles an upright figure "8".

I did a survey of coin weights some while back and from 59 specimens of 1257 Kudas the average weight was 1.40 grams, but the lightest was 0.84g and heaviest 2.17g.  The quality of production and engraving of coins of this period is quite poor.  In fact this coin is quite a good specimen, as the whole date is depicted.  The blob to the right of the figure "5" is an Arabic figure"7", the two upright limbs of the figure "7" are quite clear.  On my specimens from the same reverse die the final figure "7" is off-coin.
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Re: Maldives, Larin, AH125x
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2017, 03:19:05 PM »
I get it now, it's not an Arabic 5 (oval shape) but a Persian 5 (heart shape). This makes sense as the Maldives are a traditional port of call for Persian sailors.

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Re: Maldives, Larin, AH125x
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2017, 06:41:04 PM »
Thanks all - weight of this one is 1.4g so exactly average  :)
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Re: Maldives, Larin, AH125x
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2017, 05:30:20 AM »
HELLO
is intersting to seen one topic for Maldives coins because is difficult to have coins for this island . I have never find one collector who live on or to have coins  >:( >:( >:(
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Re: Maldives, Larin, AH125x
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2017, 11:04:53 PM »
Yes, the hand struck coins will be hard to find. I bought most of mine in the US. The machine struck coins do turn up regularly, though.

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Re: Maldives, Larin, AH125x
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2017, 10:22:25 AM »
The main reason these coins are hard to find is that there was absolutely no interest in them in Maldives.  Consequently large quantities of them were sold or given away to tourists or collectors in the 1960s and 1970s.  The people acquiring them were mostly American, British and some Europeans, mainly Germans.  I obtained the bulk of my collection when I was working in Maldives in 1975.

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Re: Maldives, Larin, AH125x
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2017, 11:04:36 AM »
hello Peter
now i understand why you have many
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