This image © craftsofthepast 2013

Ancient Hindi Coin of Shahi Gandhara Third Century AD to Fourteenth AD

$32.00
1 left

Secure Checkout Fast, Easy, Secure Checkout.

Accepted Payments
  • Paypal
  • Amazon Payments Amazon Payments
1


Ancient Hindi Coin of Shahi Gandhara Third Century AD to Fourteenth AD

Details

Ancient Hindi coins produced in the Shahi Gandhara culture from 200 A. D. to 1300 A. D.We were able to collect several of these coins when we lived in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1974. Kabul was once a central city in the greater South Asian empire. The coin was minted by an enclave called the Shahi Gandhara, whose territory extended from about the middle south of modern Afghanistan to the Indus Valley.

The coins are all just bigger than the U. S. ten cent piece and just a bit smaller than a U. S. one cent piece. In order to cast the figures on the coins, a stone (steatite) mold is cut to half the depth that the coin will eventually be cast. For the figure on the opposite side of the coin, a second stone, cut to fit exactly with the first part of the mold is carved out, both to define the outer rim of the coin and to create the figure for the opposite side.

When the two sides of the coin mold were clamped together, a slit remained at the top of the clamped mold so that molten silver could be poured into the mold. Sometimes air or movement could smear an image on one side or another, or make an uneven outer rim.

The images on these particular coins of this period and this culture were uniform in that they had a reclining animal, probably a horse, because it does not have horns and it has a recognizable saddle. By this time, horses were in wide use among the Central Asians, so the Hindi neighboring rulers could have had a mount.

The custom probably was that the horse would kneel down for the ruler to mount. It is obvious that the figure on the opposite side from the reclining horse is a ruler, because he carries a long staff and wears a very large hat with a kind of sunscreen hanging from the brim. I have been informed by people from the Hindi culture and language that the figure represents the Hindu god Ganesh. The figure is shown mounted on that horse that knelt for him on the other face of the coin. After the ruler (representing a Hindu god) is mounted, the horse is prancing with his forelegs and carrying his long wavy tail proudly. This is a blooded horse, fit for a man carrying the ruler's rod.

I have about five or more coins like this one in the same size and with the same or very similar combinations of figures on each side, all bought in 1974 in Kabul. Inquiries are invited.

 

Vintage Origin Details

Unknown

Manufacturer/Designer

 

n/a

Style/Edition

 

Before 1800

Year

Very Good

Item Condition

 

Afghanistan

Country of Origin

 

silver

Primary Material

 

Materials Used

silver

More Info

International Buyers are welcome to my California based shop. Please browse, ask questions, discuss items, shipping, or guarantees. Please use the Contact Seller link, not the comment box. I am happy to respond quickly to any of your inquiries. I will consider shipping to other countries than are listed here, depending on the import regulations of the country.

Unless the customer requests and pays for an expedited method, domestic and international shipping is via United States Postal Service. The item will be wrapped carefully and packed in protective material in a postal service approved package. Delivery confirmation and insurance will be paid by me, the Seller.

On high value items, the shipping will be free. Otherwise, the shipping charge will be as noted at the Shipping tab of the item listed for sale.

I accept returned items if they are in the same condition as when shipped and if returned within a reasonable amount of time after receiving them. An item can be returned for any reason. I guarantee your satisfaction.

For international buyers, it is important to note: If you need to know what import or VAT taxes your country may charge, please consult your Postal Service or government Tax Office.

Product Attributes

Color: Silver

Shipping

United States
First Item: $0.00
Additional Items: $0.00

Canada
First Item: $18.00
Additional Items: $0.00

United Kingdom
First Item: $24.00
Additional Items: $0.00

Australia
First Item: $24.00
Additional Items: $0.00

Belgium
First Item: $24.00
Additional Items: $0.00

Denmark
First Item: $24.00
Additional Items: $0.00

France
First Item: $24.00
Additional Items: $0.00

Germany
First Item: $24.00
Additional Items: $0.00

Israel
First Item: $24.00
Additional Items: $0.00

Japan
First Item: $24.00
Additional Items: $0.00

Netherlands
First Item: $24.00
Additional Items: $0.00

New Zealand
First Item: $24.00
Additional Items: $0.00

Norway
First Item: $24.00
Additional Items: $0.00

Luxembourg
First Item: $24.00
Additional Items: $0.00

Sweden
First Item: $24.00
Additional Items: $0.00

Switzerland
First Item: $24.00
Additional Items: $0.00

Singapore
First Item: $24.00
Additional Items: $0.00

Policies

Policies on regular on-site purchases:

Shipping is available to all addresses after payment is posted. Domestic and international shipping is via United States Postal Service. The item will be wrapped carefully and packed in protective material in a postal service approved package. Delivery confirmation and insurance will be paid by me, the Seller.

On certain items, the shipping will be free. If you need to know what import or VAT taxes your country will charge, please consult your Postal Service or government Tax Office.

I accept returned items if they are in the same condition as when shipped and if returned within a reasonable amount of time after receiving it. An item can be returned for any reason. I guarantee your satisfaction.

craftsofthepast

Similar items






What people are saying about this product…

ShadowDogDesigns says:
What a fascinating ancient Hindi coin - love the horse design on one side!
1/2/2014
PrettyGonzo says:
This ancient Hindi coin of Shahi Gandhara would make such an interesting and unique gift!
3/19/2015
Up to 1000 characters. 0 characters used. No HTML tags allowed.