Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Coins of the "Great Silk Road"



Sheet:

30-sum stamp depicts obverse of tetradrachm of Eucratides I, about 171-135 B.C.E.;
45-sum stamp depicts reverse of same coin;

60-sum stamp depicts obverse of silver coin of Buxoro;
90-sum stamp depicts reverse of same coin;

125-sum stamp depicts obverse of silver miri of Tamerlane 1370-1405;
160-sum stamp depicts reverse of same coin.


The first coins appeared in Uzbekistan at the end of 4th and beginning 3rd centuries BC. Up until the beginning of the 20th century coins were issued by different ruling dynasties.

From the early 18th Century Imperial Russia coins also came into use and from 1919 just after the Revolution up until the breakup of the USSR in 1991 Soviet Coins were used. Thereafter all coins in circulation have been issued by the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The coins represented on these postage stamps reflect the definite stages of coin stamping development and act as memorials of the nations history and culture with first coin of the Greek Bactrian King Eucratides I, the Second a Silver Coin of Bukhara and finally the third a 'miri" of the Great Amir Temur. The set contains 6 postage stamps showing the 3 different Coins (both the face and reverse sides). Background to each coin - dark red. The coins names are given in Uzbek below. Stamp size 42x30mm with P. comb of 14. With 36 stamps in each sheet.



Tetradrachm of Eucratides I - Obverse (Face value 30-00 Soum)



Tetradrachm of Eucratides I - Reverse (Face value 45-00 Soum)



Silver coin of Bukhara - Obverse (Face value 60-00 Soum)






Silver coin of Bukhara - Reverse (Face value 90-00 Soum)



Silver miri of Amir Temur - Obverse (Face value 125-00 Soum)



Silver miri of Amir Temur - Reverse (Face value 160-00 Soum)


Sources: http://www.pochta.uz/ and http://www.myphilately.com/fil_view.php?file_id=55305&gallery=