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AFGHANISTAN COINS & BANKNOTES

A numismatic review of a troubled land.

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NEWAFFORDABLE EARLY ANCIENT SILVER COIN

Gandahara Janapada (Taxila) 1/2 Santamana circa 600-327BCThis is one of the most affordable early ancient silver coins available.  It was struck from about 600BC to 327BC in the area of northern Pakistan and north-eastern Afghanistan.  Some references attribute the coin to the region of Gandhara Janapada, while others attribute it to Taxila, which was the major city in that region.  One side of the slightly concave coin has the six petaled Taxila "flower" design that was used on most coins of the region at that time.  The other side is blank.  The coin is approximately 12 to 14mm in diameter. It is likely the coins were first struck shortly before the region was invaded by Persian emperor Darius the Great in 518BC.  The coins continued to be issued under Persian rule, probably until Alexander the Great conquered the region in 327BC.  The coin is denominated as 1/8 Santamanas. 
Item GANDHARA GANDHARA JANAPADA 1/8 SANTAMANA circa 600-327BC Fine-crude $35.00


LAST COINS OF THE LAST KING OF AFGHANISTAN Restocked

Afghanistan 1, 2 & 5 Afghani coins 1961, AH1340 KM953-955, obversesAfghanistan 1, 2 & 5 Afghani coins 1961, AH1340 KM953-955, reverses
Mohammed Zahir Shah ascended to the throne of Afghanistan in 1933 when he was only sixteen years old.  His long reign was noted for modernization, peace and stability in what was, and again is, a war-torn nation.  He managed to maintain neutrality during World War II.  During the Cold War he received aid and support from both the United States and the Soviet Union.  In 1973 he was overthrown by his cousin Mohammed Daud Khan who attempted to establish a republic. His last coins were these 1, 2 and 5 Afghani dated SH1340 (1961AD).  The 5 Afghani was highly controversial as it featured his portrait. It was the first Afghan coin to feature a monarch's image. Because Islam discourages the use of images of people, the coin was poorly received and many were mutilated or destroyed.  A statue of an eagle with outstretched wings is on the 2 Afghani.  Three ears of wheat are on the 1 Afghani.  All three coins are struck in nickel-clad steel and feature the denomination on the reverse.
Item S-AF-SET61 AFGHANISTAN 1, 2 & 5 AFGHANI SH1340 (1961) KM953-955 AU-UNC. $4.50






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