John Conduitt Posted February 13 · Supporter Share Posted February 13 As coin collectors, we’re well-versed in logistics. We buy from all over the world and know more than we’d like about customs paperwork, freight forwarding and international antiquity ownership laws. But much of the time, it works well. I’ll never cease to be amazed at how I can order coins from Canada and have them land on my doormat in Britain a couple of days later for the price of a beer. Sometimes, it’s even more impressive.Said Ahmad II Dang, 1427-1428Haydar Bek Bazar. Silver, 15mm, 0.69g. Central circle: Said Ahmad Khan; Circular legend: Supreme Sultan. Tamga with legend around, starting at 2 o’clock: Haydar Bazaar Mint (Zayonchkovskiy-Tishkin SP5; A2063). Haydar Bek Bazar was named after Khongirad Haydar-bek, son-in-law of Ulugh Muhammad Khan, who he betrayed to put Said-Ahmad II on the throne. These somewhat battered Golden Horde dangs are proof that a coin’s history goes far beyond its short time in circulation. The Golden Horde ruled lands from Eastern Europe to Russia, but as their empire disintegrated, their dirhams deteriorated in quality. Nearly 600 years later, these coins were found not far from where they were struck. I bought them from a seller in Dnipro. Shipping was USD10 and they arrived 25 days later.Ahmed Dang, 1436-1442Hajii Tarkhan. Silver, 14mm, 0.76g. Sultan / The Just / Ahmad / Khan. Tamga; around: struck at Hajii Tarkhan (Sagdeeva 603). Hajji Tarkhan was on the right bank of the Volga. That doesn’t sound miraculous until you look for Dnipro on a map. It’s in Ukraine, 200 miles northeast of Kherson and 50 miles west of the Donbas. Kherson was liberated just 3 months ago, while the Donbas is under Russian occupation. The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station is halfway between Dnipro and Kherson, and under Russian control. The seller used to live further east – where the train station was destroyed by missiles. It’s one thing to have to wait for the effects of strikes, Covid, computer hacks and over-zealous customs officials to wear off, but when the country’s infrastructure has been pummelled in war, it’s amazing it’s possible to buy coins at all. Their story marches on. 17 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.