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Title: Coin Collecting in Colonial Turkestan (From Russian Conquest to the end of the 19th Century)
Authors: Naymark, Aleksandr
Keywords: Coin collecting - Turkestan - 19th century
Issue Date: 26-Jan-2016
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Aleksandr Naymark "Coin Collecting in Colonial Turkestan (From Russian Conquest to the end of the 19th Century)" in Bruno Callegher and Arianna D'Ottone (eds.), "The 4th Simone Assemani symposium on Islamic coins", Trieste, 26/27 September 2014, Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2015. (Polymnia : numismatica antica e medievale. Studi, 9), pp.139-156
Series/Report no.: Polymnia: Numismatica antica e medievale. Studi
The article surveys coin collecting activities in Russian colonial Turkestan
during the last three decades ofthe 19. century. Material presented makes it
clear, that significant acquisitions were made by central and local museums
with the help of Turkestan colonial government. Even larger volume of numismatic material was in the hands of a fairly large community of coin collectors.
While it is impossible to estimate the overall mass of coins produced by Central Asian soil and settled in various collections locally and around the world,
we can be sure that it was in tens of thousands. Such a demand called to life
a market with professional coin seekers, dealers, and even forgers. In other
words, coin collecting was quite developed in colonial Turkestan. It is interesting, however, that unlike British India and some other colonial
societies, Turkestan amateur numismatist did not leave us a significant bulk
of scholarly writings. There are two apparent reasons for this: (1) there was
a wide spread notion that numismatic publications should be written by professional scholars and (2) there were no local scholarly periodicals suitable
for numismatic publications and thus there was a definite lack of publication
opportunities. As result, most of the important information about such things
as the topography of finds and hoard composition was lost and the study of
Central Asian coins, especially those of pre-Islamic period, seriously started
only in 1930s-1940s.
Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 978-88-8303-683-5
eISBN: 978-88-8303-684-2
Appears in Collections:09 4th Simone Assemani Symposium on Islamic Coins

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