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Islamic, Tabarestan, Abbasid Governor Sa'id ibn Da'laj Suleiman Mukatil, 787 - 789 A.D.

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Tabaristan, on the Southern coasts of Caspian sea, roughly corresponded to the modern Iranian provinces of Mazandaran, Golestan and northern Semnan. It was one of the last parts of Persia to fall to the Muslim Conquest, maintaining resistance until 761. Even afterward, Tabaristan remained virtually independent of the Caliphate. This type was struck on the standard of a Sasanian half-drachm but is referred to as a dirham by contemporary references. The diamond head replaced the emperor's head to honor the Islamic faith, which forbids graven human images.
IS89686. Silver dirham, Arab-Sasanian type; Walker BMC I, p. 145, B.43; Album 65; cf. SIC Ashmolean 434 (year 137); Mitchiner WOI 280 (same), VF, well centered on a broad flan, some porosity, small edge cracks, weight 1.494 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 345o, Tabaristan mint, 787 - 788 A.D.; obverse Sasanian style bust wearing winged crown but face replace by diamond enclosing Kufic bakh (bravo), Pahlavi "strong" and "splendor" left, Kufic name "sulayman" right, Pahlavi "excellent" and "good" with stars and crescents outside border; reverse fire altar with two attendants, tiny stars flanking the flame, Pahlavi SHSHIVST (year 136 of the Post-Yazdegard Era) on left and Pahlavi TPURSTAN (mint) on right; stars, crescents and groups of pellets outside triple border; ex Beast Coins; rare year; $160.00 (140.80)


Islamic, Arab-Sasanian, Abbasid Province of Tabaristan, Anonymous, 786 - 787 A.D.

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Tabaristan was one of the last parts of Persia to fall to the Muslim Conquest, maintaining resistance until 761, when local rulers became vassals of the Abassid Caliphate. Even after this, Tabaristan remained largely independent of direct control of the Caliphate, and underwent numerous power struggles and rebellions.
IS89693. Silver hemidrachm, SICA I 431, Album 73, EF, some mint luster, areas of weak strike, weight 1.953 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 0o, Tabaristan mint, Post-Yazdgerd era year 136, 170 H, 786 - 787 A.D.; obverse Pahlavi left: GDH (spendor); Pahlavi right: AFZWT (strong, replaces governors name); Pahlavi in margin left to right: pd (excellent), nwk' (good), bust with winged crown in the style of the Sasanian king Khusru II, pellets flanking crown within border, four pellets on chest (top pellet on collar), star above crescent on shoulders, three crescents with star within in margin; reverse Pahlavi left: date (year 136), Pahlavi right: Tpwlst'n (Tabaristan), fire altar flanked by two stylized attendants, flame flanked by two pellets, triple circle border, four crescents with star and four groups of three pellets outside; ex Beast Coins; $120.00 (105.60)


China, Qing Dynasty, De Zong, The Guangxu Emperor, 1875 - 1908

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The Guangxu Emperor, De Zong, was the tenth emperor of the Qing dynasty, and the ninth Qing emperor to rule over China proper. His reign lasted from 1875 to 1908, but in practice he ruled, under Empress Dowager Cixi's influence, only from 1889 to 1898. He initiated the Hundred Days' Reform, but was abruptly stopped when the empress dowager launched a coup in 1898, after which he was put under house arrest until his death.
CH89424. Bronze 10 cash, Coins in the Collection of Shanghai Museum, Vol. 6, 2169 (5.0g, 25mm, similar thick rims); cf. Hartill 22.1275 (smaller), VF, rough fields and file marks (normal for the type), weight 4.565 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 0o, Bejing, Board of Revenue mint, c. 1875 A.D.; obverse Guang Xu tong bao, protruding head boo, thick outer rim; reverse Boo Chiowan (Board of Revenue), thick outer rim; rare; $95.00 (83.60)


China, Warring States, Chu Kingdom, c. 476 - 221 B.C., Ghost Face Money

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This cowrie form is nicknamed Ant Nose Money and the specific type is nicknamed the Ghost Face Coin. The "face" is actually the characters "Gui Lian Qian." David Hartill notes, "They have been found in areas to the south of the Yellow River corresponding to the State of Chu in the Warring States period. One hoard was of some 16,000 pieces. Their weight is very variable, and their alloy often contains a high proportion of lead."
CH93042. Bronze cowrie, Hartill 1.4, Schjoth 15-17, Fisher 4, gVF, nice olive green patina, light earthen deposits, weight 2.976 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, c. 476 - 221 B.C.; obverse Gui Lian Qian; reverse plain; $80.00 (70.40)


China, Warring States, Chu Kingdom, c. 476 - 221 B.C., Ant Nose Money

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This form of early Chinese 'money' is nicknamed Ant Nose Money. The markings are possibly the characters "Ge liu zhu " (six zhu - weight). David Hartill notes, "They have been found in areas to the south of the Yellow River corresponding to the State of Chu in the Warring States period. One hoard was of some 16,000 pieces. Their weight is very variable, and their alloy often contains a high proportion of lead."
CH91246. Bronze cowrie, Hartill 1.9, Schjoth 14, Fisher 7, VF, a little rough, light earthen deposits, weight 3.561 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, c. 476 - 221 B.C.; obverse possibly intended to read Ge liu zhu; reverse plain; much less common than the "ghost face" type; $70.00 (61.60)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Hui Zong, 1101 - 1126 A.D

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"Round as the heavens, square as the earth," is a Chinese saying used to metaphorically describe the fabric of the coins. On the practical side, it was discovered very early that a square hole fit a square shaft, which enabled a stacked quantity of coins to be turned on a lathe to remove casting irregularities.

The slender gold script was the personal calligraphy style of the Emperor Hui Zong.
Huizong
CH89211. Bronze 10 cash, Hartill 16.400, Schjoth 621, Fisher 1040, VF, lovely dark blue-green patina, weight 10.574 g, maximum diameter 34.7 mm, 1102 - 1106 A.D.; obverse Chong Ning tong bao, clockwise, slender gold script, bottom of Chong like he; reverse plain; $50.00 (44.00)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Hui Zong, 1101 - 1126 A.D

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"Round as the heavens, square as the earth," is a Chinese saying used to metaphorically describe the fabric of the coins. On the practical side, it was discovered very early that a square hole fit a square shaft, which enabled a stacked quantity of coins to be turned on a lathe to remove casting irregularities.

The slender gold script was the personal calligraphy style of the Emperor Hui Zong.
Huizong
CH89212. Bronze 10 cash, Hartill 16.400, Schjoth 621, Fisher 1040, VF, attractive blue-green patina, light earthen deposits, weight 11.218 g, maximum diameter 34.4 mm, 1102 - 1106 A.D.; obverse Chong Ning tong bao, clockwise, slender gold script, bottom of Chong like he; reverse plain; $50.00 (44.00)


Sri Lanka (Ceylon), c. 4th - 5th Century A.D., Indo-Roman Imitative

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Sri Lanka is a small island nation around 31 km from south of India. Annius Plocamus, a Roman freedman, visited the island, spurring Sri Lanka to send a delegation to Rome during the reign of Claudius. A Roman named Sopatros traveled to Sri Lanka, probably in the 5th century. The ancient port of Mantota may have been an important port of call between China and Rome.
RL92070. Bronze AE 12, Indo-Roman imitative, F, crude, typical careless uneven strike, weight 0.070 g, maximum diameter 12.1 mm, Mantota(?) mint, c. 4th - 5th Century A.D.; obverse head right(?), pseudo-legend around; reverse star with pellet in annulet at center of swirling rays; ex Ancient Imports (Marc Breitsprecher); $50.00 (44.00)


China, Warring States, Chu Kingdom, c. 476 - 221 B.C., Ghost Face Money

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This cowrie form is nicknamed Ant Nose Money and the specific type is nicknamed the Ghost Face Coin. The "face" is actually the characters "Gui Lian Qian." David Hartill notes, "They have been found in areas to the south of the Yellow River corresponding to the State of Chu in the Warring States period. One hoard was of some 16,000 pieces. Their weight is very variable, and their alloy often contains a high proportion of lead."
CH93035. Bronze cowrie, Hartill 1.4, Schjoth 15-17, Fisher 4, F, corrosion, earthen deposits, weight 3.300 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, c. 476 - 221 B.C.; obverse Gui Lian Qian; reverse plain; $45.00 (39.60)


Dai Viet (Vietnam), Later Le Restoration, Le Trang Tong, 1533 - 1548, Unofficial

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Later Le Restoration is a distinction current in Vietnamese historiography. This period marked the ending of first Le dynasty which had flourished for 100 years from 1427 to 1527 until the high-ranking mandarin Mac Dang Dung stole the throne of emperor Le Cung Hoang in 1527 and established the Mac dynasty, ruling the whole territory of Vietnam. The Le royalists escaped to the Kingdom of Lan Xang (now Laos). The Right Commander-General of the Five Armies, Nguyen Kim, summoned the people loyal to the Le emperor to form the new army and to organize a revolution against the Mac. Nguyen Kim returned to the land of Vietnam and led the six-year civil war. Nguyen Kim was poisoned and the power of royal court was succeeded to his son-in- law Trinh Kiem, founder of Trinh clan.
VN86956. Copper cash, Greenbaum 10, Hartill -, Toda -, F, chalky deposits, weight 3.036 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 0o, 1533 - 1548; obverse Thien Thong Hi Bao, Thien in seal script, Zi and Tong in regular script; reverse plain; rare; $40.00 (35.20)




  







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