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Rare bronze drachm with a swastika, Mokhedu Tutun (?), ca.700-740 AD (?), Chach, Central Asia - Shagalov/Kuznetzov 205

Rare bronze drachm with a swastika, Mokhedu Tutun (?), ca.700-740 AD (?), Chach, Central Asia - Shagalov/Kuznetzov 205
Bust facing three-quarters to the right, wearing a tight heardress topped with a crescent and large earrings, swastika in the right field / Sogdian legend mxyty c'chynk xwbw ("Mahyty (?) ruler of Chach") around an angular tamgha. 18mm, 1.24 grams. Shagalov/Kuznetzov 205.

There are alternative readings of the reverse inscription nyrtnk c'chynk xwbw ("Nirtnk (or Nirtanak) ruler of Chach") orzyrtnk c'chynk xwbw ("Zirtnk (or Zirtanak) ruler of Chach"). The Rtveladze's reading of mxyty can probably be identified with Mokhedu Tutun, an early central Asian ruler found in Chinese annals.
The principality of Chach, whose main town had a square citadel built around the 5th to 3rd centuries BC, some 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south of the Syr Darya River. By the 7th century AD, Chach had over 30 towns and a network of over 50 canals, forming a trade center between the Sogdians and Turkic nomads. The region came under the sway of Islam in the early parts of the 8th century.
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