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Coins of the Sasanian Empire, 224 - 651 A.D.

With the overthrow of the Parthians in 224, Ardashir I founded the Sasanian Empire which was for over four centuries, alongside the Roman-Byzantine Empire, one of the main powers in Western and Central Asia. At its greatest extent, the Sassanid Empire encompassed all of today's Iran, Iraq, the Levant (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Israel), the Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Dagestan), Egypt, parts of Turkey, much of Central Asia (Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan), the Persian Gulf countries, Yemen, Oman and Pakistan. It was overthrown by the Rashidun Caliphate in 651. Much of what later became known as Islamic culture in architecture, poetry, etc. was conveyed to the Muslim world by the Sassanids.

Sasanian Empire, Ardashir I, 224 - 241 A.D.

|Sasanian| |Empire|, |Sasanian| |Empire,| |Ardashir| |I,| |224| |-| |241| |A.D.||tetradrachm|
SH46230. Billon tetradrachm, Göbl II/5 and pl. 1, 7; Mitchiner ACW 784 - 786, VF, porous, weight 12.263 g, maximum diameter 27.2 mm, die axis 270o, Ctesiphon mint, obverse Pahlavi legend, "MaZDISN BaGi ARTaHShATER MaLKAN MaLKA AIRAN" (of the Worshipper of Mazda, the Divine Ardashir, King of Kings or Iran); cuirassed bust of Ardashir right with long beard, Parthian-style headdress with ear flaps; reverse Pahlavi legend, "NURA ZI ARTaHShaTR" (Fire of Ardashir), fire-altar without attendants; rare in this condition; SOLD


Sasanian Empire, Ardashir I, 224 - 241 A.D.

|Sasanian| |Empire|, |Sasanian| |Empire,| |Ardashir| |I,| |224| |-| |241| |A.D.||drachm|
SH46231. Silver drachm, SNS I type IIIa/3a, 50 - 51; Göbl SN III/2/2, 9; Mitchiner ACW 789 - 790, gVF, weight 4.245 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 270o, "C" mint, Phase 3, c. 228 - 239 A.D.; obverse Pahlavi legend: Lord Ardashir, King of Kings of the Iranians whose image is from the Gods, bust of Ardashir right with long beard and hair over shoulders, close fitting headdress with korymbos above, no ear flaps, ties flying behind; reverse Pahlavi legend: Fire of Ardashir, fire-altar without attendants; SOLD


Sasanian Empire, Vahram V (Bahram Gor), 420 - 438 A.D.

|Sasanian| |Empire|, |Sasanian| |Empire,| |Vahram| |V| |(Bahram| |Gor),| |420| |-| |438| |A.D.||drachm|
"This is the son of Yazdagard I (also known as Izgader Malka mentioned in the Talmud). Yazdagard was know to be friendly to the Jewish citizens of his land. According to Sassanian and Pahlavian literature King Yazdagard married the daughter of the exilarch (resh galuta), who was a high government official and the de-facto leader of the Jewish community in the diaspora. In effect this made Varhran V a Jewish Sassanian King!" -- Isadore Goldstein, Zuzim Inc.
WA73352. Silver drachm, SNS Ib1/2 KL, Göbl SN I/2, Choice EF, bold strike with no flat spots, excellent metal, weight 4.159 g, maximum diameter 29.4 mm, die axis 45o, Kirman province (in or near Shirajan?), KL mint, 420 - 438 A.D.; obverse bust of Vahram right, wearing mural crown with korymbos set on crescent, floral decoration on lower bust; reverse fire altar with ribbons, flanked by two attendants, head of Vahram right in altar, mint signature downward on right; ex Zuzim Inc.; scarce; SOLD







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