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« on: March 29, 2009, 11:20:30 am »

Greetings,

These were part of my father's small collection of ancients and I am looking for some possible assistance in attributing these Sassanian coins to the appropriate King / Dynasty.

Thanks in advance

Mark
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2009, 12:25:11 pm »

Hallo Mark,

maybe this website can help you: http://www.beastcoins.com/Sasanian/Sasanian.htm

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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2009, 12:31:20 pm »

I thank you much for this link!
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2009, 03:52:30 pm »

We really need to see the reverses, but the first two look like Khusro II, and the second two like Hormuzd IV.
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2009, 04:34:17 pm »

Here is a scan of the reverese and thanks
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2009, 04:35:28 pm »

Here is a scan of the reverse and thanks
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2009, 09:00:43 am »

1) Khusro II, mint DA year 25, clipped, 'pd on obverse
2) Khusro II, mint AW year 15, clipped, 'pd on obverse
3) Imitation of Hormazd IV, mint BHL pseudo-year 11, head countermark on obverse, 'foro' on reverse
4) same
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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2009, 02:49:56 pm »

I wasn't too far off then. How do you tell the imitations?
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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2009, 07:22:14 pm »


Recently coins similar to your imitations had a thread of their own right here on Forum:

http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=48536.0
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« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2009, 10:12:13 am »

I wasn't too far off then. How do you tell the imitations?

It's the style and the fact that BHL is an extremely rare mint signature for Sasanian drachms.  And these particular countermarks, which don't appear on any other issue (foro does, but not with this letterform style).  BHL does not necessarily denote Balkh, btw.  And there are other "mints" in this imitative series: GD and what looks like GL; AHM; BYSh (I think); H (very stylized); and then BHL written as BHY, BBY, etc.  And the pellets: one, two or three pellets on the reverses at 6h (single pellet reverses known on early H4 drachms: ST year 2; GD year 3)  There is one example known without the countermarks (and there may be others).  tom
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« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2009, 04:05:44 pm »

Thanks.
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