1 Jital - Spalapati Deva

1 Jital - Spalapati Deva -  obverse1 Jital - Spalapati Deva -  reverse

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Issuer Kabul Shahi Dynasties (Northern Dynasties)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 850-970
Value 1 Jital (1)
Currency Jital (500-1026)
Composition Silver
Weight 3.15 g
Diameter 17.75 mm
Thickness 1.65 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 48623
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References Mitch WI# 1585
Michael Mitchiner; 1977. Oriental Coins and Their Values / Volume 1. The World of Islam. Hawkins Publications, London, United Kingdom.


Stylized humped bull, Sri SpaLaPaTi DeVa in Nagari above.
Type Bull & Horseman


Horseman riding & banner




The Shahi dynasties ruled portions of the Kabul Valley (in eastern Afghanistan) and the old province of Gandhara (NE Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and NW India), known as Kabul-shahan, with twin capitals at Kapisa and Kabu, from the aftermath of the Kushan Empire in the 3rd century AD to the early 9th century. The term Shahi was a popular royal title in Afghanistan — used at various times by Achaemenids, Bactrians, Sakas, Kushan rulers and Huns (Hephthalites), as well as by the 6th- to 8th-century Shahi rulers of Kapisa/Kabul. Historians divide the Shahi Period of Kabul/Gandhara into two eras: the so-called Buddhist Turk-Shahis (before about 870 AD), and the so-called Hindu-Shahis (after 870 AD). Major Shahi coinage consisted of Spalapati Deva silver issues struck at the capital Kabul (c. AD 800-870) and Samanta Deva, when Ohind became capital (AD 870-1026). The coins of the princes commonly called the 'Hindu Kings of Kabul', [876 AD to 1013 AD] although long familiar to numismatists, and extremely common in Afghanistan, the Panjab, and throughout Northern India, present a puzzle, or rather a series of puzzles. They occur in three types, namely, the ' bull and horseman', 'elephant and lion', and 'lion and peacock'. The 'elephant and lion' coins belong to three reigns, namely, Sri Padama, Sri Vakka-deva, and Sri Samanta-deva, and occur in copper only. The arrangement of the various kings in proper order is extremely difficult.

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