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 India. Paramaras of Vidarbha Billon Gadhaiya Paisa $65.00 

Attribution: MNIS 649-652; Deyell 167
Date: 12th century
Obverse: Crude, stylized Sasanian head right
Reverse: Battle scene: horseman galloping right toward man in Apollo-like pose
Size: 13.05mm
Weight: 4.49 grams
Rarity: 5
Description: nearing XF. Mitchiner attributes this anonymous series to Silaharas of the Konkan. Ex Bill Spengler collection with a copy of his 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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