1 Jital - Spalapati Deva

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

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Features

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.

Obverse

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

Reverse

Horseman riding & banner

Edge

Plain

Comments

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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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (850-970) 

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