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Coins of Kashmir-Smast
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KASMIR SMAST Or Kashmir Cave is located in the Swat Valley in Northern Pakistan in the heartland of what once was the flourishing ancient Gandhara. This cave has yielded thousands of coins buried between the 5th and 8th century AD, during the time when this area was ruled by Hephthalite principalities. Various interesting coins have been discovered imitating different dynasties that ruled this area. New discoveries are still being made and the plethora of varieties of small AE coins still mystifies numismatists world over. Line drawings on this page courtesy of Asif Balloo of Indus Valley Coins.

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Kashmir-Smast Cave, AE Unit, 3rd-4th Century AD
(No legend)
Bull's head facing
(No legend)
Confronted snakes rising from basket as viewed from above
10mm x 11mm, 0.64g
Currently (2009), there is no reference published on the Smast cave complex coins


Kashmir-Smast Cave, AE Unit, 3rd-4th Century AD
(Brahmi legend)
Legend in two lines in line border with hash marks
(Brahmi legend)
Legend in two lines in line border with hash marks
11mm across the flats, 1.08g
Currently (2009), there is no reference published on the Smast cave complex coins


Kashmir-Smast Cave, AE Unit, 3rd-4th Century AD
(No legend)
Sasanian style facing bust
(No legend)
Sasanian style fire altar with attendants
10mm x 11mm, 0.54g
Currently (2009), there is no reference published on the Smast cave complex coins


Kashmir-Smast Cave, AE Unit, 3rd-4th Century AD
(No legend)
Peroz-style Sasanian bust right wearing flat-topped headdress with artichoke
(No legend)
Various royal implements and symbols?
13mm x 14mm across the flats, 1.35g
Currently (2009), there is no reference published on the Smast cave complex coins


Kashmir-Smast Cave, AE Unit, 3rd-4th Century AD
(No legend)
Hephthalite style bust right
(No legend)
Horse walking right
12mm x 14mm, 0.86g
Currently (2009), there is no reference published on the Smast cave complex coins


Kashmir-Smast Cave, AE Unit, 3rd-4th Century AD?
(No legend)
Tamgha?
(No legend)
Scorpion
8mm x 9mm across the flats, 0.36g


Kashmir-Smast Cave, AE Unit, 5th-8th Century AD
(No legend)
Ardeshir-style Sasanian bust right wearing beard
(No legend)
Fire altar
9mm x 11mm across the flats, 0.82g
Currently (2009), there is no reference published on the Smast cave complex coins


Kashmir-Smast Cave, AE Unit, 5th-8th Century AD
(No legend)
Hormuzd-style Sasanian bust right wearing beard
(No legend)
Fire altar
10mm x 12mm across the flats, 1.04g
Currently (2009), there is no reference published on the Smast cave complex coins


Kashmir-Smast Cave, AE Unit, 5th-8th Century AD
(No legend)
Shapur II-style Sasanian bust right wearing turreted crown
(No legend)
Ardhoksho-style female deity standing facing, cornucopiae in left hand
12mm x 14mm across the flats, 1.22g
Currently (2009), there is no reference published on the Smast cave complex coins


Kashmir-Smast Cave, AE Unit, 5th-8th Century AD
(No legend)
King on horseback right
(No legend)
Fire altar
12mm x 14mm, 0.68g
Currently (2009), there is no reference published on the Smast cave complex coins


Hunnic-Kidarite, Anonymous Issue, AE Unit, Early 5th Century AD
(No legend)
Crude prototype of Kushan king standing with trident by altar
(No legend)
Six vertical lines?
12mm x 14mm, 2.89g
Mitchener 3729 (?)