GHAZNAVID Arslan 1115-18 billon jital Lahore mint


GHAZNAVID, Arslan, 1115-18, jital, no date, Lahore mint, Obverse: bull L, SRI SAMANTA DEVA, large letters, Reverse: Arabic legend, billon, 14mm, 3.19g, T107.2, VF

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Arslan Shah usurped the throne from his brother, Shirzad, and murdered him. He immediately faced rebellion from another brother, when eventually defeated him. He bounced around for a while, being a pest, but was eventually captured and killed.

The Ghaznavid dynasty started out with a Turkish slave soldier of the Samanids, who was made governor of southeast Afghanistan. He broke away from his master and extended his territory into Pakistan. Ghaznavid governing methods were predatory and crude, and when they were defeated at the end the people were happy.

The term “Islamic coins” refers to coins made by Muslim governments from the time of the first caliphs to an end point in time that varies with the particular country being considered, but is generally some time from the 17th to 19th century. There is a geographic exclusion: India and points east are generally considered separately. The main reference used here is “Checklist of Islamic Coins,” by Stephen Album.