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Upper Barskhan, base dirham of 458 AH, a Qarakhanid?
« on: April 07, 2020, 09:43:11 PM »
I acquired this coin recently, it was offered as a Qarakhanid fals from Barskhan in Semirechye in the middle of the 5th century AH / 11th century AD.

The obverse is not very clear, therefore I made detail pictures of the mint and year place on the coin, that's the obverse 6 o'clock and obverse 3 o'clock; these seem reasonably readable.

Most Qarakhanid fulus are broad thin coins, but this one is of medium size and thickness, and much heavier than the average Qarakhanid fals.
21.5 mm, 5.20 gr.

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Re: A fals, but what is it?
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2020, 08:57:10 AM »
An update: it is Zeno 18333 (this coin). Imad al-Din Inal Tegin as sole ruler in Upper Barskhan (on the south side of Lake Issyk Kul), 458 AH.
This particular coin is described in the article by Michael Fedorov, 'Qarākhānid Coins as a Source for the History of Barskhān', The Numismatic Chronicle Vol. 169 (2009), pp. 269-286, as nr. 5 on page 278-280. I feel honored that it came to my collection. Here is the beginning of its description, page 278 in the article, so you can check the Arabic texts.

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Re: Upper Barskhan, fals of 458 AH, a Qarakhanid?
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2020, 06:06:55 PM »
But is it to be considered as a Qarakhanid coin?

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Re: Upper Barskhan, base dirham of 458 AH, a Qarakhanid?
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2020, 08:50:31 AM »
Good question. I suspect that the names are confusing. See here.

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