Rare AE cash, sole issue of Oghitmai, c.760s CE, Semirechye, Sogdiana, Central Asia

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AE cash, late issue of ruler Oghitmai, c.760's CE, Turgesh Confederation, Semirechye, Sogdiana, Central Asia

Trident tamgha of Oghitmai (type 3) and Sogdian legend: wg'tm'y xwbw pny ("Coin of the Ruler Oghitmai") // Sogdian legend: bgy twrkys x'g'n pny ("Coin of the Master, Türgesh Khagan". 13mm, 0.75 grams. Kamyshev 39; cf.Zeno 243517.

This very small type is probably the last issue of Oghitmai, where the reverse was left blank without the reference to the Turghesh Khagan. Thus, these coins might post-date the collapse of the Turghesh confederation in c.766 CE.

This type of coins was previously considered to an anonymous issue by the Tukhus tribe, though now the attribution is considered to be incorrect. The obverse legend has been re-read as wg'tm'i xwbw pny ("Coin of the Ruler Oghitmai"). This ruler was evidently the last of the three Kings known to have issues this series of coins. While the obverse inscription gives the name of the local ruler, the reverse inscription references the overlord Khagan of the Turghesh confederation, though it does not name him. He may have outlasted the Turghesh Confederation which collapsed in c.766 CE, since his latest small cash are one-sided, showing only his name and not referencing the Turghesh Khagan




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