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Religious token from the Indian sub-continent
« on: January 27, 2010, 10:04:45 PM »
A friend showed this item at the RNSNZ meeting last night.  Side A seems to show the customary "La Allah illa Allah, Mohammed Rasul Allah" text, though it seems a little garbled at the end, and side B appears to say Mohammed in the centre.  I can't make out the words in the corners.  It's pierced (the hole goes through the name of Allah, which is a little surprising), and has the initials A.H. scratched at bottom right on side A, opposite the hole.  Above the name Mohammed on side A there is something that looks like "d M.", which I can't make out properly.

It appears to be silver, 21 mm square, and weighs 10.39g.

Any thoughts from the panel?

« Last Edit: April 11, 2010, 12:52:29 AM by Figleaf »

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Re: Mystery Islamic coin or token (charm?)
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2010, 11:49:58 PM »
In the corners are the names of the first four caliphs. It's an Indian islamic "tempel" token.

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Re: Mystery Islamic coin or token (charm?)
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2010, 01:11:10 PM »
This is indeed a religious token in the style of a square rupee of Akbar. The hole indicates that it was worn as an amulet. For more varieties, please see this thread.

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Re: Mystery Islamic coin or token (charm?)
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2010, 10:27:45 PM »
This almost looks like it was intentionally defaced.

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Re: Mystery Islamic coin or token (charm?)
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2010, 04:50:09 AM »
This almost looks like it was intentionally defaced.
Those may perhaps be the owner's initials (Abdul Hamid?, Ali Haider?,...). What  translateltd read as "d M." is actually a part of the somewhat blundered AH year, 971.
« Last Edit: April 11, 2010, 05:10:34 AM by Overlord »