Unlisted silver dramma, Gujarat (c.1000-1150), Chaulukya-Paramaras, India

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Very stylized head of Firuz right, with his mouth depicted as a circle / Stylized fire altar with attendants on both sides, degraded into a series of dots and dashes. 16mm, 4.15 grams, thick and made of good silver. Mitchener -; Maheshwari "Imitations in Continuity" -.

This type shows the mouth of the ruler as a circle. These coins are probably a product of a distinct minor mint, or perhaps represent a single issue which was cohesive enough to circulate together. This unique variety is known from a single recent hoard and no such coins are published in Mitchiner, Maheshwari or other common references.

Indian imitations of the Sassanian coins of Emperor Peroz (Firuz), Saindhava/Chalukya/Abhira/Chapa series. These coins were minted in Northern India by the Rajput dynasties of Saurashtra and Gujarat and imitated the earlier Sassanian drachms. There are a few possible attributions, though the attribution to the Chaulukyas (or perhaps to the contemporaries Paramaras) seem reasonable.



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