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Offline UL

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Help in identification
« on: August 13, 2019, 08:50:08 PM »
Please help in identification of this coin. Metal- Base silver, Weight- 0.3gms, Diameter- 7.5mm

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Re: Help in identification
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2019, 05:22:15 PM »
I wonder if the central part of the first picture isn't a design, rather than (as I first thought) worn characters? The triangles look too regular to be different characters.

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Re: Help in identification
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2019, 05:18:38 AM »
Thanks for the response. After posting this query for help in identification, I tried to find out a similar coin. The closest that I found and which I think is of some relevance can be checked from the following text and attached photos. I believe that my coin is a very crude issue of the same variety. Please enlighten me if I am wrong. Regards.

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Corrupt and retrograde legend (only partially seen) La ilah illa/ allah wahdahu/ la sharik lahu (“There is no god but Allah alone, no partner to him”) / Mohamed/ rasul/ Allah al-Amir/ Ahmed (“Mohamed is the messenger of God, Amir Ahmed”). 8mm, 0.25 grams. "The coins of the Indian Sultanates"# -; Fishman/Todd "The Silver Damma" #HS26.

These coins show a very crude (but usually correct) legend retrograde, and always bear the name of Ahmed. The coins are small and light (averaging eight mm and 0.35 grams) and are very debased (analysis of eight coins showed silver content ranging from 2 to 12 percent), and were struck with large dies so only a small portion of the design could be imprinted on each coin. These coins are never found with the normal issues of Ahmed and seem to date to the later period, probably the first half of the 11th century CE. The type is clearly unofficial, but is very self-consistent and it seems that all the coins came from a single large issue judging by the significant number of known dies.

Sind was the first part of India to come under muslim rule. The earliest Amirs issued small silver coins (1/5 dirhams) - all carrying the name of the Amir, but without any dates, so they are very difficult to date exactly, especially since the Amirs of Sind are virtually unknown from other sources.
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Re: Help in identification
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2019, 09:29:55 AM »
Would agree that your coin fits best to the crude Sind types. Whether this was an official issue or not is difficult to know for sure. The recent monograph by Fishman and Todd already has become a standard work on these types and has offered a major advance in the classification of these.