ANONYMOUS POST-SHAHI, bull and horseman jital, circa 900-1200 AD


ANONYMOUS POST-SHAHI, jital, no date (c. 900-1200 AD), Northwest India, Obverse: bull with club on rump, SRI SAMANTA DEVA, most of legend is straight, Reverse: horseman R, white billon, 17.5mm, 3.17g, T30 type, F

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The Shahis were vanquished by Arabs invading from the west. Shahi remnants or vassals in the east, now Pakistan mostly, and a bit of India, carried on some of the Shahi traditions, including evolutions of their bull and horseman jitals.

The earliest ancient Indian coins were the “bent bar” punchmarked silvers of the Achaemenid Persians occupying Gandhara in northwest Pakistan. By the 3rd century BC coins were in general use in most of India and Ceylon, and in subsequent centuries struck round coins in gold, silver, and copper came into use throughout the subcontinent and beyond to Southeast Asia and Pacific islands to Java and beyond.