Local cash coin w/no inscriptions, Semirechye, ca.400/600 AD (Kam.#32)

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No inscriptions. 13mm, 0.59 grams. Kamyshev's #32 in "Early Medieval Monetary Complex of Semirechie"; cf. Zeno 243065. SKU T1665-51963

Some small local cash without inscriptions were probably cast by the minor lords in Semirechye to alleviate the cash shortage. The small size might be based on the contemporary inflationary Chinese coins.

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, Semirechye, Semirechiye, Semirechie or Semireche.