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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; $80.00 (68.00)


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."
CH87311. Bronze cowrie, Hartill 1.4, Schjoth 15-17, Fisher 4, VF, weight 2.464 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, c. 476 - 221 B.C.; obverse Gui Lian Qian; reverse plain; $60.00 (51.00)


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 Li Zong, 1225 - 1264 A.D.

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The government of the Southern Song was forced to establish a new capital city because of the Mongal invasions, at Lin'an (present day Hangzhou) which wasn't near any sources of copper so the quality of the coins produced under the Southern Song significantly deteriorated compared to the cast copper coins of the Northern Song dynasty. As the Mongols started to advance Southwards the last 3 emperors of the Song dynasty did not cast any coins as they had neither the time to set up any mints nor the resources to produce any cast coins.
CH67435. Bronze 1 cash, Hartill 17.718, Schjoth 979, Fisher 1481, aVF, dark patina, light earthen deposits, weight 3.876 g, maximum diameter 23.9 mm, Liu City mint, 1228 - 1233 A.D.; obverse Shao Sheng yuan bao, regular script, clockwise; reverse liu mint mark; $30.00 (25.50)


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.
CH83981. Bronze 10 cash, Hartill 16.406 (notes, "Smaller size ? 5 Cash."), Schjoth 622, Fisher 1050, VF, weight 5.478 g, maximum diameter 30.9 mm, 1102 A.D.; obverse Chong Ning zhong bao (coinage of greater reverence), li script; reverse plain; $25.00 (21.25)


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

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Instead of the usual square, the shape of the hole on this coin resembles a flower. The Chinese referred to this type of hole as a flower hole, rosette hole, or chestnut hole. Westerners sometimes refer to them as a star hole. The Chinese call similar hexagon holes as turtle shell holes. These whole variations were created by mint workers doing final detail work, using a chisel or a file to remove excess metal that flowed into the center hole during casting. Creating these fancy holes was certainly intentional but the purpose is unknown.
CH67390. Bronze 1 cash, Hartill 16.261, Schjoth 566, Fisher 979, F, flower hole, weight 4.136 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, 1086 - 1093 A.D.; obverse Yuan You tong bao, seal script, clockwise, square bao with short feet; reverse plain; $25.00 (21.25)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Ren Zong, 1022 - 1063 A.D.

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Instead of the usual square, the shape of the hole on this coin resembles a flower. The Chinese referred to this type of hole as a flower hole, rosette hole, or chestnut hole. Westerners sometimes refer to them as a star hole. The Chinese call similar hexagon holes as turtle shell holes. These whole variations were created by mint workers doing final detail work, using a chisel or a file to remove excess metal that flowed into the center hole during casting. Creating these fancy holes was certainly intentional but the purpose is unknown.
CH67391. Bronze 1 cash, Hartill 16.89, Schjoth 494, Fisher 901, F, flower hole, weight 3.444 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, 1034 - 1038 A.D.; obverse Jing You yuan bao, regular script, clockwise; reverse plain; $25.00 (21.25)


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

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Instead of the usual square, the shape of the hole on this coin resembles a flower. The Chinese referred to this type of hole as a flower hole, rosette hole, or chestnut hole. Westerners sometimes refer to them as a star hole. The Chinese call similar hexagon holes as turtle shell holes. These whole variations were created by mint workers doing final detail work, using a chisel or a file to remove excess metal that flowed into the center hole during casting. Creating these fancy holes was certainly intentional but the purpose is unknown.
CH67392. Bronze 1 cash, Hartill 16.235, Schjoth 547, Fisher 963, F, flower hole, weight 3.972 g, maximum diameter 24.2 mm, 1078 - 1085 A.D.; obverse Yuan Feng tong bao, running script, clockwise, large characters; reverse plain; $25.00 (21.25)


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; $24.00 (20.40)


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.
CH83980. Bronze 10 cash, Hartill 16.406 (notes, "Smaller size ? 5 Cash."), Schjoth 622, Fisher 1050, VF, encrustation dusting, nice green patina, weight 10.426 g, maximum diameter 32.4 mm, 1102 A.D.; obverse Chong Ning zhong bao (coinage of greater reverence), li script; reverse plain; $24.00 (20.40)




  







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