AFGHANISTAN Wali Muhammad 1880 rupee (129)7 AH (1880 AD)


AFGHANISTAN, Wali Muhammad, 1880, rupee, (129)7 AH (1880 AD), Kabul mint, Obverse: YA SAHIB E ZAMAN 1297, Reverse: ZARB DAR AL SULTAN KABUL, silver, 19mm, 8.84g, KM538, mount marks, cleaned G

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The Wali Muhammad coins are scarce but not rare.

Wali Muhammad, far as I can tell, was appointed Governor of Kabul by the British, who needed their Kabul troops in Qandahar to fight a battle that was organizing there. The Wali Muhammad coins bear the legend YA SAHIB E ZAMAN (Hail the Lord of the Universe) rather than some human’s name).

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.

Middle East is, generally spealing, Morocco east to Afghanistan, Sudan in the south to Turkey in the north.

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.