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Sasanian Empire Coins

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, Khusro II, 590 - 628 A.D., Lot of 6 Silver Drachms

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LT85382. Silver Lot, Lot of six silver drachms, all issues of Husrav II (Khosrau II), mostly VF, toned, the actual coins in the photograph, no flips or tags, bulk lot, as-is, no returns; $300.00 (255.00)


Sasanian Empire, Khusro II, Occupation of Egypt, 618 - 628 A.D.

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During his temporary domination of Egypt, 618 - 628 A.D., Khusru allowed the Alexandria mint to continue issuing the normal Byzantine coinage, but substituted his portrait for the Byzantine emperor's. The sun and moon replaced the obverse legend, just as on contemporary Sasanian coinage. It may seem strange that a Persian king would wear a crown surmounted by a cross; however, his wife Sira was a Christian, he was a benefactor of the church of St. Sergius in Edessa, he honored the Virgin, and he sometimes wore a robe embroidered with a cross which he had received as a gift from the Emperor Maurice Tiberius. The Byzantine emperors resumed the imperial coinage of Alexandria after their recapture of Egypt in 628 A.D.
WA77071. Bronze 12 nummi, DOC II, part 1, 191; Hahn MIB 202b; Wroth BMC 277; Tolstoi 109; Ratto 1316; Morrisson BnF 10/Al/AE/32; SBCV 855; Sommer 11.92, aVF, as-found slightly rough near black patina, well centered, weight 10.428 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Alexandria mint, 618 - 628 A.D.; obverse bust of the Sassanid King Khusru II wearing a crown with pendilia and surmounted by a cross, star left, crescent moon right; reverse large I B with cross potent on globe between, AΛEZ in exergue; from the J. Berlin Caesarea Collection, Caesarea Maritima surface find; $120.00 (102.00)


Islamic, Tabarestan, Abbasid Governor Suleiman, 788 - 789 A.D.

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Tabaristan, on the Southern coasts of Caspian sea, roughly corresponded to the modern Iranian provinces of Mazandaran, Golestan and northern Semnan. It was one of the last parts of Persia to fall to the Muslim Conquest, maintaining resistance until 761. Even afterward, Tabaristan remained virtually independent of the Caliphate. By the 770s, the Dabuyan dynasty of Tabaristan was prosperous enough to mint coins under Umar ibn al-Ala (771 - 780).
IS60712. Silver dirham, Sasanian type; SIC Ashmolean 434, SNS Israel 272, Mitchiner WOI 280, Album 65, gVF, weight 1.706 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, die axis 315o, Tabaristan mint, 28 May 788 - 27 May 789 A.D.; obverse AFTZWT GDH left, Arabic name "sulayman" right, Sasanian style crowned bust but face replace by diamond enclosing the Arabic word "bakh," APD (excellent) and NWKW (good) with stars and crescents in margin outside border; reverse fire altar with two attendants; HPTSYYST (year 137 of the Post-Yazdegard Era) and TPURSTAN (mint), stars, crescents and groups of pellets outside border; SOLD







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Curtis, V.S., et al. Sylloge of the Sasanian Coins in the National Museum of Iran (Muzeh Melli Iran), Tehran. Vol. 1: Ardashir I - Hormizd IV. (London, 2010).
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