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Sasanian Empire, Hormizd IV, 579 - 590 A.D.
|Sasanian| |Empire|, |Sasanian| |Empire,| |Hormizd| |IV,| |579| |-| |590| |A.D.|, Hormizd IV (also spelled Hormozd IV, Hormadz IV, or Ohrmazd IV) was noted for religious tolerance, declining appeals by the Zoroastrian priesthood to persecute Christians. He slaughtered the high aristocracy and Zoroastrian priesthood, and elevated the landed gentry. He faced constant warfare including an indecisive war with the Byzantine Empire begun under his father. His general Bahram Chobin defeated the Turkic Khaganate. Instead of rewarding him, Hormizd IV had him disgraced and dismissed. Bahram rebelled. Another faction led by his brothers-in-law deposed, blinded, and later killed Hormizd IV. His son Khosrow II was made the new shah.
WA95891. Silver drachm, SNS Iran 1333, Göbl SN I/1, Mitchiner ACW 1090, SNS Israel -, VF, rainbow toning, flaw center obverse (also seen on some SNS Iran specimens), WCHC (Fars?) mint, weight 4.102g, maximum diameter 32.7mm, die axis 270o, year 7, 585 A.D.; obverse Pahlavi legend: Hormazd may his glory increase, cuirassed bust right, wearing tall cap and crenelated crown, diadem and earring, short beard, hair ball behind, two dots on chest, star upper left, star within cresent upper right, three stars within crescents outside the border; reverse fire altar, flanked by facing attendants, star inner upper left, crescent inner upper right, regnal year left, mint signature right; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00











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