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Home > Catalog > |Asian Coins| > |Sasanian Empire| > WA06226
Sasanian Empire, Khusro II, Occupation of Egypt, 618 - 628 A.D.
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.
WA06226. Bronze 12 nummi, DOC II part 1, 192, Hahn MIB 202a, Wroth BMC 276, Tolstoi 107-8, Ratto 1314, Morrisson BnF 30, Berk 586, Hahn MIB 202a, VF, Alexandria mint, weight 1.791g, maximum diameter 24.5mm, die axis 180o, 618 - 628 A.D.; obverse bust of the Sassanid King Khusru II wearing a crown with pendilia and surmounted by a cross within a crescent, star left, crescent moon right; reverse large I B with cross potent on globe between, AΛEZ in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection; SOLD










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