SHAHI/ISLAMIC, Khudarayaka, c. 903-915 AD, silver, jital


SHAHI/ISLAMIC, Khudarayaka, c. 903-915 AD, jital, Kabul, Obverse: bull, SRI SAMANTA DEVA, Reverse: horseman, Arabic “‘ADL” to R, silver, 18.5mm, 2.91g, T23, F

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The Shahis were Turks who came into the Pakistan-Afghanistan region as the Hephthalites were losing their grip. Their signature coin was the silver “bull and horseman” jital.

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.