|Central Asia is a unique territory, where for many centuries interaction between different
cultures, ethnic groups and religions took place. The Culture and art of Central Asia was shaped
and enriched as a result of influences from such ancient states as Greece, Sasanid Iran, China,
India and Byzantium. The influence of these states had effect not only on the works of art,
architecture and religious outlook, but also on the numismatics, where traces of the influences of
these ancient states can be followed. |
| At the same time, it’s possible to see the manifestation of independent unique subjects not only in art, but also in numismatics produced in Central Asia. This is can be seen by
coins Chach from 3d-4th centuries A.D., copper coins of Bukhara from 7th-8th centuries A.D., and also numerous emissions of the Turkic rulers of Sogdiana.
Of equally great interest are coins - imitations of the Sasanid dirhams -
which circulated on Chaghanian territory; here highly interesting and very unusual in their expression are miniature portrait counterstamps of the local rulers, counterstamps of legends in the Bactrian
italic script, which convey the names and titles of rulers. The coins of ancient Khwarezm are highly interesting.
Surprising in their expression and distinctiveness are images of such Khwarezm rulers as
Savshafan, Bravik, etc. The coins of Sogdiana from 1st century B.C. – 1st century A.D. are extremely interesting. They are both imitative emissions, derived from the Seleukid coins, and also
independent types such as, for example silver coins of Girkod. The coins issued based on the Chinese coins with square holes in the middle are quite diverse. On these coins Chinese
characters are replaced by the Sordian inscriptions conveying names and titles of the Sogdian
rulers and tamghas.
On this web site, presented are available to us images and descriptions of coins,
which had circulated on the territory of Central Asia in the pre-Islamic
period. We would appreciate any information about other coins, known to you but
missing from our catalog. To the best of our abilities, we will try to consult you
on any questions about the numismatics of Central Asia.
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