September 11, 2000
Coin images presented by J.Farr and V.Nastich|
Color of some images is not 'natural' because of scanner problems.
D = 42 mm, W = 7.9 g
D = 42.5 mm, W = 9.3 g
D = 41.7 mm, W = 9.2 g
D = 42.3 mm, W = 10.2 g
Marginal inscriptions in Arabic on both sides (except for the first word present on the reverse only): 'Adli. In the name of Allah this dirham was struck in the town of al-Uzjand in year six hundred and ten.
Reverse field (Farsi): hanan / han 'umras [be]bara / d hazar sal / ta walayat-e guru / snah sir sawa / d
May the Khan of khans live a thousand years, until the starving country becomes satiated!
Reference: V.N.Nastich. A Mysterious "Starvation" Dirham of Uzgend, 610AH - a coinage of the Qarakhita Gurkhan? - in: The Sixth Russian Numismatic Conference, Saint Petersburg, 20-25 April 1998. Abstracts of papers and communications, SPb, 1998, pp. 59-60. (in Russian).
The Qarakhitai state, also known as Western Liao, was a realm in the Western Turkestan in 1141-1218 AD. More historical details can be found in Dr.Yih's article.
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