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The akçhe of the second Turkish Sultan Orhan.

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Numismatically, Kufic refers to a range of calligraphic styles used on Islamic coins, generally earlier, squarish, and often lacking diacritical marks that distinguish letters that are otherwise of similar form. Numismatically, again, Kufic is perhaps best understood in contrast to Naskh script which is later, rounder and more cursive, typically with full diacritical marks. Arabic calligraphers would divide what I have described here as Kufic and Naskh into a number of idiosyncratic scripts based on fine points of style. The numismatic distinction is at a very basic level (thank goodness). That said, the inscription on this coin is what I would describe as a semi-literate attempt at Kufic, difficult to make sense of but not unusual for this reign.



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