AFGHANISTAN, Muhammad Zahir Barakzai, 1933-73, 50 pul, 133_ SH (195_ AD), bronze, 22.5mm KM942.1, last digit of date is clearly not in the die, edge nicks, VF

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The Barakzai are Pashtuns. They were related to the Durrani kings who ruled Afghanistan in the 18th and 19th centuries. When they came to be mistreated by the Durrani shah war developed, which they won.

Afghan history goes back to the paleolithic era. It started being Islamized in the 8th century AD. The borders have always been fluid. Invaders have come and gone. Local conquerors have burst out of Afghanistan into neighboring regions. Maybe a generation or two of peace here or there.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.