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Offline Pellinore

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Samarqand, my best Soghdian acquisition of 2017
« on: January 02, 2018, 01:00:11 AM »
Bimat's question here set me off finding out how the year 2017 worked on my collection. I can't say I have only one best acquisition of the year. There were four or five, and here's another.

Here's my very best Soghdian bronze coin, showing a cosy couple, although I don't know if that's what is meant. The reverse has a tamgha. It was minted in Samarqand, probably in the 7th century. It's very thin and delicate: 22 mm and only 0.65 gr. But it's condition is sharp. Smirnova #1482 I believe.
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Re: Samarqand, my best Soghdian acquisition of 2017
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2018, 11:42:34 AM »
Looks very appropriate for a portrait of the ruling couple at the time. I like the way the top of the head of the right figure curls around the head of the other to suggest some depth. The reverse has a tamgha, but also some text ? Do you know what it is supposed to read ?

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Re: Samarqand, my best Soghdian acquisition of 2017
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2018, 11:59:33 PM »
Smirnova (Catalog of Sogdian Coins (Vol. Bronze), 1981) is a particularly difficult book for me to handle. I'm not reading Russian well. What I found was: this is Smirnova 1482-1487. The Soghdian text is interpreted as 'MRWYβcs [γ'ttwn]h', 'MR'...γ'tt [wnh]' - for what it is worth! 

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Re: Samarqand, my best Soghdian acquisition of 2017
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2018, 09:35:38 PM »
Looking at the catalog illustrations, wouldn't this be type 1485 rather than 1482 ?

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Re: Samarqand, my best Soghdian acquisition of 2017
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2018, 09:53:42 PM »
Well, the drawing is a bit kitsch-like. Looks like American couples in the 1960s.
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Re: Samarqand, my best Soghdian acquisition of 2017
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2018, 12:10:19 AM »
My copy of Smirnova (Moscow 1963) stops at number 991. Are you using a newer edition?

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Re: Samarqand, my best Soghdian acquisition of 2017
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2018, 04:45:39 PM »
Apparently. Mine is dated 1981. The coins are numbered 1-1685 and it counts 548 pages. Many coins are illustrated in (mediocre) photos as well as line drawings.
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