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 Central Asia. Local Issues of Kabul. Hindu Shahis. Spalapati Deva AR Jital $70.00 

Attribution: MACW 1576 type; MacDowall 2
Date: Circa AD 800-870
Obverse: Horseman right, holding banner
Reverse: Recumbent bull left, corrupt and disconnected Baktrian legend without letterform, streamers, not symbols
Size: 18.84mm
Weight: 3.39 grams
Rarity: 5
Description: rough VF. Ex Bill Spengler collection with a copy of his paper envelope.
William “Bill” F Spengler (1923-2005) served as a Foreign Service Officer in Thailand, Norway, Pakistan and Afghanistan. During WWII, he served as a code breaker in the U.S. Army, joined the Department of State in 1950 and retired as Consul General in Lahore, Pakistan in 1976. In Kabul in the 1960s, he found interest in the ancient coins from the region and became one of the foremost authorities on the peoples who had passed through the area through the centuries. This interest in numismatics and history influenced the rest of his life. He published numerous articles, contributed and edited catalogs on world coins and co-authored two books on the Turkomans.

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