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Coin Type: Bronze Kushano-Sasanian unit from the Kashmir Smast, issued in the name of
Peroz II by the satrap Meze.
Mint and Date:? Early Kidarite period, c. 305 CE
Size and Weight: 14mm x 15mm, 3.3g
Obverse: Bearded bust right wearing horned headdress.
To right of bust, the name "Meze".
Reverse: Fire altar.
Ref: See the note below.
Provenance: indus122 (eBay) = Ijaz Khan, May 2006. From Kashmir Smast Cave, Mardan, Settlement 1.
BW Ref: 001 024 087
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"This type actually appears as part of several hoards published by Joe Cribb in the RNS publication 'Coin Hoards VI', specifically in hoards 301 and 302 (pp.85-92, and discussed on p.93-108). Your piece is very similar to those illustrated on Fig.8, 17+18, and Fig.9, 33. Joe identified these as coins issued in the name of the Sasanian King Peroz II by the satrap Meze (whose name appears before the bust) for the Indian (as opposed to Bactrian) areas of the Kushano-Sasanian province, c.305 AD."
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