"without experience all shapes and possible letters look like rice and ribbon noodles after a while"
Since this thread
is not too old, I'll pull it up again rather than starting anew:
While I agree with the ID's presented, my comfort with the 'noodles' is not great enough to answer my own question:
Other than the name of the ruler on these coins is there anything else in the legends? Can you separate dates, periods, mints or anything? Is there an online reference that would provide line drawings of the scripts for these two (the common ones it would seem just looking at eBay
) and other rulers of Kashmir? So far my best reference has been eBay
sales listings but some of them are certainly wrong (one seller regularly calls these 'Kushan'). http://www.grifterrec.com/coins/india/ancientindia4.html
does add a few more through photos and adds information like how the words are split between left and right. I assume Mitchiner Non-Islamic
States would add more (I don't own it).
A problem with reading 'noodle' scripts is people like me don't feel good
separating letter form of the same letter from completely different letters. We get this with Greek and Latin letters on some late Roman coins
(for example separating A from H or even delta in mintmarks
) but it is worse for these Kashmir coins not to mention Sasanian
, Chach and a hundred others issued by people whose letter forms strike us as less than obvious. I can't help
wonder how these ancient cultures would do if confronted
with the fonts available on any English language computer.