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Silk Route Bronze Coin Pendant

Sorry, this pendant is no longer available. There may still be another similar one though, 

This heavy copper coin from the Silk Route, some where in what was Turkestan, has been set into a clean handmade Sterling Silver Pendant.


The coin has a "sun" face with rays looking over the back of a barely discernible tiger but if you turn it over and look at the back you may be able to make out a script visible in its dark patina.
I’d been thinking it bore the Persian lion insignia but now feel it’s actually like the striped tiger and sun face images that you see on the wondrously tiled entrance to the Shir Dor Madrassa, built around 1619, in the Registan in Samarkand.

Sacked in 1220 AD by Genghis Khan, Samarkand rose again under his descendants, and was Timur’s (Tamerlane) glorious capital.

Described in the early 1900’s by Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India, as
….“the Reghistan was originally, and is still, even in its ruins, the noblest public square in the world. I know nothing in the East approaching it in massive simplicity and grandeur, and nothing in Europe … What Samarkand must have been in its prime, when these great fabrics emerged from the mason’s hands, intact and glittering with all the effulgence of a rainbow….”

Although this image turns up in both Bukhara and Samarkand, the best known is the prominently placed pair facing each other on the madrassa entrance and recognised as a symbol of Samarkand.
The impression of the tiger is very shallow or worn from use, to get a better view of it just see if we have any others.

It has a dark bronze/copper patina, so be careful polishing the silver you don’t want to remove the patina from the coin.
A light rub with a dry silver polishing cloth should remove any excess silver oxide.

The fixed silver suspension ring is 5 mm wide and will take a cord, chain or medium silver choker.

Age: probably 18th or Early 19th century.

Size: H 33 x W 23 mm across the coin, including the suspension loop.

Weight: 24 grams