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Very rare! Kai Yuan cash, Northern Soghd, Semirechye, late 7th-8th century AD

Very rare! Kai Yuan cash, Northern Soghd, Semirechye, late 7th-8th century AD

Chinese legend Kai Yuan Tong Bao around a round hole /Blank. 24mm, 3.74 grams. Kamyshev #7 in "Early Medieval Monetary Complex of Semirechie"; Zeno #115616.

The early coins in Semirechye were the imitation of the Tang dynasty Kai Yuan Tong Bao coins. The Soghdiana coins had round holes and/or showed the Soghdianian tamghas on the reverse. All these coins are very rare. This piece is crudely cast and slightly warped.

Zhetysu is a historical name of a part of Russian Turkestan, corresponding to the South-Eastern part of modern Kazakhstan. It owes its name, meaning "seven rivers" (literally "seven waters") in Kazakh, to the rivers which flow from the south-east into Lake Balkhash.When the region was incorporated into the Russian Empire in the 19th century, it became known in Russian (and, to an extent, in European languages) as Semirechye (Russian: Semirech'e), which is a Russian calque of the Kazakh "Zhetysu". The name has also been transcribed as Semiryechye, Semirech''''e, Semirechiye, Semirechie or Semireche.

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