Some Questions Regarding the Numismatics of Pre-Islamic Merv


in After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam

Published by British Academy

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263846
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734113 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Some Questions Regarding the Numismatics of Pre-Islamic Merv

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This chapter aims to address questions concerning the numismatics of pre-Islamic Merv. Most of the coins from ancient Merv were excavated by the South Turkmenistan Archaeological Multi-disciplinary Expedition (YuTAKE) between 1992 and 2000, but there is not a single reliable coin of the fourth century BC. The Sasanian coinage of the fourth and fifth centuries AD is well represented by coin finds from the city sites of Merv, but there are no registered coins of Ardashir II.

Keywords: numismatics; pre-Islamic Merv; YuTAKE; coins; Ardashir II

Chapter.  3677 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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