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Very rare! Late silver obol, trident type with "Sri YaShaaDiTya", Hephthalites, 6th-7th century AD

Very rare! Late silver obol, trident type with "Sri YaShaaDiTya", Hephthalites, 6th-7th century AD

Crowned bust right, no inscriptions / Trident with curved prongs, five Brahmi characters "Sri YaShaaDiTya" around, beginning at 12 o'clock. 11mm, 0.60 grams. Unpublished.

In 2003 or 2004 a small hoard of small silver coins was unearthed in (reportedly) Northern Pakistan. The hoard was dispersed between a number of dealers, and I was lucky enough to get the bulk (reportedly) of the hoard. These fascinating little silver coins were originally sold as "Hephthalite" coins, as per attribution of the Pakistani dealers, but they are completely unpublished in any catalogue and were completely unknown until this find.

Mr.Wilfried Pieper, to whom I am indebted for bringing these coins to my attention, examined a group of 42 pieces and published 15 distinguishable types in a wonderful article in the Journal of the Oriental Numismatic Society - "New types of early medieval silver portrait coins from northern Pakistan" in ONS-NL 181 (2004).

I am putting together an online catalogue of these coins - you can find it here:
http://www.ancientcoins.ca/yashaaditya/yashaaditya.htm
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