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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.LT97446. 4 coins, VF+, obverse Pahlavi legend, crowned and cuirassed bust of king right, surrounded by borders, three star within crescents outside; reverse two attendants at both sides of the fire altar, Pahlavi regnal year numeral left, Pahlavi mint signature right, all surrounded by borders, four star within crescents outside; ex Gerhard Hirsch; unattributed to type, no tags or flips, actual coins in the photograph, as-is, no returns; $200.00 (€184.00)
Nezak Huns, c. 580 - 680 A.D.
This type has a Nezak bust on the obverse with the the Alchon tribe tamgha on the reverse. The Alchon Huns were a nomadic people who established states in Central Asia and South Asia during the 4th to 6th centuries. The Alchon were succeeded by the Nezak late in the 6th century.WA95890. Bronze hemidrachm, Vondrovec 231, Göbl Hunnen 231, aVF, dark patina, earthen deposits, die wear, weight 2.573 g, maximum diameter 23.9 mm, Kabul (Afghanistan) mint, c. 580 - 600 A.D.; obverse Pahlawi: NYCKY (Nezak), Nezak style draped bust right, wearing mustache and crown with three crescents, conch shell before, double border, four star-in-crescents in outer margin; reverse trace of Alkhan tamgha (removed from the die?), double border, four star-in-crescents in outer margin; very rare; $110.00 (€101.20)
Indo-Greek Kingdom, Baktria, Antialkidas Nikephoros, c. 130 - 120 B.C.
Brahmi is the modern name for a writing system of ancient India. The Brahmi script appeared in South Asia in the third century B.C. Its descendants, Brahmic scripts, continue to be in use today in South Asia and also in Southeast Asia.GB95884. Bronze AE 22, HGC 12 261 (R2), SNG ANS 1106, Bopearachchi 15a, Fair/Fine, corrosion, earthen deposits, weight 4.467 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 0o, Baktria mint, 130 - 120 B.C.; obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ NIKHΦOPOY ANTIAΛKI∆OY, bust of Zeus brandishing thunderbolt; reverse Brahmi: Maharajasa jayadharasa Amtialkidasa (of Great King Antialkidas the Victory-bearer), two caps of Dioskouroi with palm branches in center, monogram below left; rare; $80.00 (€73.60)
Coinage In Ancient India, Volume 1 and 2, 1990
A Numismatic, Archeaeochemical and Metallurgic Study of Ancient India Coins. A detailed study of the chemical analysis of coins of ancient India that yields detailed information on the composition of important ancient alloys, and the microscopic examination of their structure that reveals metallurgical techniques used in antiquity.BK21947. Coinage In Ancient India, Volume 1 and 2 by Swami Satya Prakash Saraswati and Rajendra Singh, Delhi, 1990, 553 total pages, used, ex Forum Library, cover wear and tear, international shipping at actual cost of shipping; $40.00 (€36.80)
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