QARAKHANID, Muhammad Arslan Khan, 1158-1179 AD, fals

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QARAKHANID, Muhammad Arslan Khan, 1158-1179 AD, fals, no mint (probably Kashgar), Obverse: 3-line legend in circle in dotted circle, Reverse: 4-line legend in circle in dotted circle, copper, 22mm, 6.52g, A3426, F+

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Muhammad Arslan Khan was apparently a local ruler in Xinjiang, apparently unknown except for his coins.

The Qarakhans were Turks who ruled parts of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrghizstan, Afghanistan, and Xinjiang from the 9th century until 1212 AD, just before the expansion of the Mongols. There is not enough written history, so the coins are sometimes the only record we have of rulers, never mind what they did.

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.