Vishnu on a Kushano-Sassanian coin

Started by Figleaf, September 20, 2023, 07:50:12 PM

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Figleaf

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Seller describes this coin as Kushano-Sassanian, Hormizd I Kushanshah (275-300 AD). No problem. It will be a fine companion of my Peroz hemidrachm. Mitchiner (pag 199) describes it in a table as a neat (not dumpy) bronze of an unknown mint, on Sassanian as well as Kushan territory in the period ca 271-356. Its designs are head and Shiva with bull, with a legend in Pahlavi.

Except that the coin remains unlisted in the main text. The bronzes from the table are all shown in the main text, except the Shiva with bull type. Unfair! I added some light to the pictures to make the details come out better, but that changed the colour.

It looks most like MACW 1273, but that's a gold coin. Has it been catalogued elsewhere? I'd be earger to learn more about the mint.

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

THCoins

I think i see a lion in the rulers headdress, so would agree with Hormazd I Kushanshah.

With small variations this type with Shiva and bull is catalogged in the Jongeward and Cribb catalog under nr 2214 to 2219.

Figleaf

Great reference, TH. Thank you. Does that catalogue say anything about mint or area of circulation? Sassanian and Kushan is a bit vague.

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

THCoins

Mint is given as Bactria, most likely Balkh.

Figleaf

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