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Offline saro

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half dam (1/4 tanka) Urdu Zafar Qarin
« on: July 20, 2012, 10:52:10 AM »
Here I think a scarce coin which is absent of most of catalogues, the single image I have ever seen of it is the drawing of Valentine (n°765 p.217); this one is of a similar type "falus Urdu / zafar Qarin Ilahi x8".
Dams UZQ are not scarce (specially those with Ilahi datations), except some types which are never seen, for exemple Valentine n°768 (A.Liddle C42).
Fractions of dams are scarce and only 1/8 appear from time to time. N. Wright catalogued few 1/16 and 1/32 dam (Calcutta museum), unfortunately without any picture, did somebody have ever seen such coins? did 1/4 dam exist?
I'll be really pleased to hear informations from members on this subject.
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Re: half dam (1/4 tanka) Urdu Zafar Qarin
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2012, 10:55:11 AM »
A little gem saro !   what's it's weight & size?
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Re: half dam (1/4 tanka) Urdu Zafar Qarin
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2012, 12:29:51 PM »
Sorry, I have forgotten characteristics... weight :9,81g / diam.16mm / thickness: 5,5mm
I recently found it from a well known seller but misidentified (Narnol mint)
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Re: half dam (1/4 tanka) Urdu Zafar Qarin
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2012, 01:01:03 PM »
Your knowledge and ability to read these coins is nothing short of amazing, saro. Now you have used it to turn what seemed a common coin into a treasure. This is a worthy addition to your collection. Thank you for posting this real rarity here and congratulations!

Peter
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Re: half dam (1/4 tanka) Urdu Zafar Qarin
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2012, 02:07:24 PM »
Thank you Peter, I was looking for one for more than 10 years...I am sure that others exist but have not been detected as they look like more common issues;  for smaller denominations, may be 20 years will be necessary  :'(
To be more accurate the legend is "falus-i-urdu..zafar qarin" (zafar is 2/3 off).
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Re: half dam (1/4 tanka) Urdu Zafar Qarin
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2012, 10:41:39 PM »
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Dams UZQ are not scarce (specially those with Ilahi datations), except some types which are never seen, for exemple Valentine n°768 (A.Liddle C42).
Fractions of dams are scarce and only 1/8 appear from time to time. N. Wright catalogued few 1/16 and 1/32 dam (Calcutta museum), unfortunately without any picture, did somebody have ever seen such coins? did 1/4 dam exist?
I'll be really pleased to hear informations from members on this subject.

Dear Saro, This is an excellent find. As you remarked, except for the Dam and the occasional damri (1/8 Dam), no other denominations are often around. This nisfi or 1/2 Dam is extremely rare.