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    Posted: 11-Mar-2005 at 04:40

There are reports that Kokturk coins found in north of Afgansitan dated around 500 AD.

It is said that there are also pictures about state ceremonies in the remains. There are texts written with Turkish runes on coins.

Is there anyone that can give us better sources, pictures about them?

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Coin discovery sheds light on Turkic civilization

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Gktrk find refutes claims that the Turkic peoples were merely plunderers and barbarians

ANKARA - Turkish Daily News

  Ancient coins from the first known Turkic culture, the Gktrks, have been discovered during archeological excavations in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, reported the Doğan News Agency.

  Associate Professor Yavuz Daloğlu, an instructor at Dokuz Eyll University who presented the findings of historian Dr. Babayar Gaybullah to the public, stated that claims asserting that the Gktrk people did not have any structure of governance have been proven wrong by this discovery. He commented that this discovery refutes claims that the Turkic peoples were merely plunderers and barbarians.

  Daloğlu, who attended the Second International Turkish Civilization Congress sponsored by Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Menas University in Bishkek on Oct. 4-6 2004, met with Uzbek historian Gaybullah. Daloğlu began studying coins from ancient Turkic civilization brought to the congress by Gaybullah and came across the Gktrk pieces, which he had never seen before. He said these were an important discovery in the history of Turkic civilization. Stating that he was familiar with coins from the Selcuk and Ottoman eras, he said he had never heard nor read that the Gktrks had minted coins of their own. On one face of the coin was the likeness of a khan in the center with three stars and a moon on the edges.

  Coins belonging to the Trgiş of the eighth century, after the Gktrks, had previously been discovered, but the Gktrk coins date from approximately 150 to 200 years earlier, around A.D. 576-600. This discovery is as important as the discovery of Orhun script. Money is used where social trade and economy exist, indicating an important contribution to world civilization.

  The coins are believed to be in Sogd, Baktri and Pehlevi script with titles such as Kağan, Hatun, Yabgu, Tegin Tudun, Tarhan and Elteber. The various levels of authority can be understood from observing these coins, as the names of state officials are engraved beside the khans' names. Daloğlu stated that important information has come to light with the studies conducted on these ancient coins.
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  Quote ihsan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Mar-2005 at 16:39

That is interesting news, I saw it in the newspapers after a friend phoned me.

That portrait of a qaghan (or a yabghu?) looks very similar to Xuan Zang's description of the Western Gk Trk ruler around 627. OTOH, that crescent-and-star things are very interesting too, I think that might be because of Sssnid influence.

Runic scripts? None of the newspapers talk about them.


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