Sogdiana Kingdom, King Rahanch (?), AE18, c.500 AD
Crowned bust of king facing 3/4 left
Tamgha in beaded circle, cross to left, symbol to right
18mm x 20mm, 1.57g
Ex Midwest "Coins of Christianity" Collection
Consignor notes: Sogdiana encompassed parts of modern day Tajikistan,
Afghanistan, China and Iran. The religion of this region was a mix of
Buddhism, Zoroastrianism and "fire veneration". Based on this
coin, it was also influenced by Christianity for some period of time.
Sogdiana was invaded and conquered by Arab Iran in the 700s. Islam became
the predominant religion in the 800s and the Muslim leaders promptly
destroyed all previous temples and places of worship.