Author Topic: Central Asia, Anonymous falus with Lion, Balkh mint, 16-18 century  (Read 382 times)

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Offline capnbirdseye

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The mint looks like (what I presume is the mint) ? Balkh  but  Valentine shows nothing similar, it  looks more like Iranian by the design type

2.90g , 14mm
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Re: Islamic falus with Lion, Iran?
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2018, 01:32:21 PM »
I think too that the mint is "Balkh" with " zarb Balkh" written in a wavy cartouche surrounded by a floral (?) design

The style reminds me AH IX / early Xth c. coins  ???
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Re: Islamic falus with Lion, Iran?
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2018, 03:39:26 PM »
I think too that the mint is "Balkh" with " zarb Balkh" written in a wavy cartouche surrounded by a floral (?) design

The style reminds me AH IX / early Xth c. coins  ???

It is unusual I think, I'll add it to zeno and see if anyone such as Steve Album will comment
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Re: Islamic falus with Lion, Iran?
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2018, 04:46:41 PM »
It is unusual I think, I'll add it to zeno and see if anyone such as Steve Album will comment
very good idea; I can't wait to see more...
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Re: Islamic falus with Lion, Iran?
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2018, 06:09:19 PM »
frank on zeno has given refs to S. Album,,  S. Goron thinks Balkh but under central Asia not Afghanistan

Balkh,  A-3184, 3197B., 3222.
16th to 18th centuries AD.
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Re: Central Asia, Anonymous falus with Lion, Balkh mint, 16-18 century
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2018, 09:53:50 AM »
I would be very surprised if this coin could be later than XVIth c AD.
The style of ornaments is close to some Shaybanids coppers and my guess is that could be a coin struck at Balkh after the city had been seized from Uzbeks by the Safavid Isma'il Shah I in 1510 AD (916 AH); that could fit with a "shaybanid" design with a "safavid" lion added.

Balkh remained for a short time (1 year ?) in Safavids hands but silver tankas dated 916-17 are known. On the other hand, a copper coin of Marv in Khorasan, taken from Uzbeks in the same year by Isma'il, shows too a lion .
https://www.zeno.ru/showphoto.php?photo=99946

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