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Baktrian Kingdom, Euthydemos I Theos Megas, c. 225 - 195 B.C.

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Euthydemus was allegedly a native of Magnesia and a son of General Apollodotus. According to Polybius, Euthydemus was a Satrap of Sogdiana who ousted the dynasty of Diodotus from Bactria and made himself king. His kingdom seems to have been substantial, including Sogdiana to the north, and Margiana and Ariana to the south or east of Bactria. When Antiochus III the Great attacked in 208 B.C., Euthydemus lost the Battle of the Arius but then resisted a three-year siege in the fortified city of Bactra. Euthydemus negotiated peace asserting that he toppled the descendants of the rebel Diodotus and provided a barrier to barbarian invasions. Antiochus decided to recognize him as king, and offered one of his daughters to Euthydemus' son Demetrius.
WA73959. Bronze double unit, Kritt Dynastic AK-1, Bopearachchi series 17, SNG ANS 147, Mitchiner IGIS 87, SGCV II 7523, HGC 12 53 (R1), F, thick flan with beveled edge, corrosion, weight 7.245 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 45o, Ai Khanoum mint, c. 225 - 208/6 B.C.; obverse bearded head of Herakles right; reverse horse prancing right, BAΣIΛEΩΣ above, EYΘY∆HMOY below; scarce; $90.00 (76.50)


Japan, Kanei Tsuho, Edo Period, 1603 - 1868

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Unpublished in Hartill or Jones Kanei. Jones includes 254 Kanei Tsuho varieties, not all the known varieties, but all the major varieties are listed.
JA87073. Copper 1 mon, Fuchi-sen (unknown origin); New Kanei; Hartill EJC -, Jones Kanei -, aF, kan obscured, encrustations, some crorrosion, weight 2.079 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, uncertain mint, c. 1668 - 1738; obverse kan ei tsu ho; kan obscured; very unusual ei with S shaped curving right arm, hooked head, no hooks on feet, and large cursive dot; tsu with square open head, cursive dot, and drooping head on the radical; ho unremarkable; reverse plain; perhaps rare(?); $40.00 (34.00)


India, Kabul and Gandhara, Anonymous Post-Shahi, 1021 - 1200 A.D.

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Mitchiner notes the Ghaznavids occupied the Shahi Kingdom and some of these coins may have been struck by them, however, the major issuers were probably the Chahamanas.
WA74839. Billon jital, "Bull and Horseman" jital; cf. Palomares Bueno type 3, MacDowall 33bis, Mitchiner NI 473, Deyell 235-236, Tye 33, VF, small tight flan dumpy fabric, light corrosion, light earthen deposits, weight 3.418 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 225o, c. 1021 - 1200 A.D.; obverse Sri Samanta Deva, Recumbent zebu left, star and crescent before; reverse sarada aksara, horseman right, holding banner, 'Bhi' on left; $34.00 (28.90)


China, Southern Song Dynasty, Emperor Gao Zong, 1127 - 1162 A.D.

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The reign title Jian Yan was changed in 1131 because of severe fires in the capital city. The character "yan" contains two "fire" elements -- thought to be unlucky in this case.
CH86073. Bronze 2 cash, Hartill 17.26, Schjoth 676, Fisher 1148, VF, earthen deposits, weight 5.710 g, maximum diameter 28.2 mm, 1127 - 1130; obverse Jian Yan tong bao, regular script, long characters; reverse plain; scarce; $28.00 (23.80)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Shen Zong, 1067 - 1085 A.D.

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A diamond punch is a hole that has been punched offset to produce a diamond shape hole relative to the orientation of the coin.
CH87007. Bronze 2 cash, Gorny 2016 26b.36 D, Hartill 16.198, aVF, diamond punch variety, light encrustations, weight 8.424 g, maximum diameter 32.2 mm, 1068 - 1078 A.D.; obverse Xi Ning zhong bao, Lishu (clerical script), clockwise, squat boxy wide characters, no left hand stroke on Xi, short compact Ni, short boxy bao; reverse plain; $28.00 (23.80)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Zhe Zong, 1086 - 1100 A.D.

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Semi-cursive script is a partially cursive style of Chinese calligraphy. Also referred to in English both as running script and by its Mandarin Chinese name, xngshu, it is derived from clerical script, and was for a long time after its development in the first centuries A.D. the usual style of handwriting.
CH86020. Bronze 2 cash, Hartill 16.349, Schjoth 605, Fisher 1009, VF, earthen deposits, weight 7.588 g, maximum diameter 31.18 mm, 1098 - 1100 A.D.; obverse Yuan Fu tong bao, running script, clockwise; reverse plain; $26.00 (22.10)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Zhe Zong, 1086 - 1100 A.D.

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Semi-cursive script is a partially cursive style of Chinese calligraphy. Also referred to in English both as running script and by its Mandarin Chinese name, xngshu, it is derived from clerical script, and was for a long time after its development in the first centuries A.D. the usual style of handwriting.
CH86022. Bronze 2 cash, Hartill 16.349, Schjoth 605, Fisher 1009, VF, earthen deposits, weight 8.326 g, maximum diameter 31.6 mm, 1098 - 1100 A.D.; obverse Yuan Fu tong bao, running script, clockwise; reverse plain; $26.00 (22.10)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Zhe Zong, 1086 - 1100 A.D.

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Semi-cursive script is a partially cursive style of Chinese calligraphy. Also referred to in English both as running script and by its Mandarin Chinese name, xngshu, it is derived from clerical script, and was for a long time after its development in the first centuries A.D. the usual style of handwriting.
CH86023. Bronze 2 cash, Hartill 16.349, Schjoth 605, Fisher 1009, VF, earthen deposits, encrustations, weight 8.742 g, maximum diameter 31.2 mm, 1098 - 1100 A.D.; obverse Yuan Fu tong bao, running script, clockwise; reverse plain; $26.00 (22.10)


Japan, Ko Kanei Tsuho, Edo Period, 1603 - 1868

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In 1636, the Tokugawa shogunate introduced official Kanei Tsuho coins to standardize copper coins and maintain a sufficient coin supply. Failure to accept the coins at the designated value of 4,000 to one ryo of gold was punishable by fines and ten days imprisonment and everyone in the village of the offender would also be punished. Needless to say the new coins were quickly accepted. The first issues, called Ko Kanei (Old Kanei), were minted from 1636 until 1668. Production was on a contract basis and a tax was payable in proportion to the quantity produced. The calligraphy on these earliest Kanei Tsuho was very consistent and no mintmarks were used, but some types can be attributed to specific mints by slight variations. Shin Kanei (New Kanei) were cast from 1668 until at least 1869. The later coins had much greater variation in calligraphy and frequently included mintmarks.
JA87078. Copper 1 mon, Old Kanei; Yottsu kusa ten (Four grass dots) variety; Hartill EJC 4.11; Masuo Kanei 64; Krause KM5, VF, encrustations, scrape on reverse, weight 3.292 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, Musashi Province, Shiba mint, 1636 - 1640; obverse kan ei tsu ho; Yottsu kusa ten (four grass dots) variety, cursive dots on all of the characters; reverse plain; $26.00 (22.10)


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

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Huizong, one of the most famous Song Dynasty emperors, spent most of his life surrounded by luxury, sophistication, and art, but ended in tragedy. An artist, Huizong neglected the army, and Song China became increasingly weak. On Jan 18, 1126, after the forces of the Jin had crossed the Yellow River and came in sight of the Song capital, Kaifeng, Huizong abdicated in favor of his son Emperor Qinzong. The Jin entered Kaifeng on Jan 9, 1127, and many days of looting, rapes, and massacre followed. Huizong and Qinzong were captured and demoted to commoner. Huizong was deported to northern Manchuria, where he spent the last eight years of his life as a captive.
CH86063. Bronze 2 cash, Hartill 16.449, Schjoth 640, Fisher 1079, VF, weight 6.871 g, maximum diameter 23.2 mm, 1111 - 1117 A.D.; obverse Zheng He tong bao, li script, round bao; reverse plain; $25.00 (21.25)




  







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