PAKISTAN, NORTHWEST FRONTIER, BAKTRIAN?, bracelet, circa 3000-500 BC, closed kidney bean shape, flat edges for stacking, angular geometric decoration on outside, yellow bronze, 72x56x6mm, 58.15g, some crust. some shiny black patina, VF

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I have previously attributed this shape to Kushan-Sasanian, perhaps for vague applied art associations, now I think they’re all older than that. The more of these I see the more I seem to think that they were not for wearing.

The stackable ones seem to be relatively strong candidatess for use as currency,

The culture complex we currently term “Baktrian” (Bactrian), developed from the neolithic settlements of Eurasia in the area between the current Iran-Afghan border and Kashmir, more or less. Cities appeared somewhat later than the Indus cities of the south. The horse nomads bothered the locals several centuries before they impacted Indus lands. The late Baktrians resisted Alexander until he had to make a deal with one of them, marrying the king’s daughter, to get through Afghanistan.

Northwest Frontier Province was renamed Khyber Pakhtunwa in 2010.

Over the decades I’ve been selling collectibles my market has been about 97% coins, 2% paper money, 1% everything else.