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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)
Great Mongols, Genghis Khan (Chingiz Khan), 1206 - 1227 A.D.
NEW Although the Khan is not named on the obverse, Album notes, " This type is the only coin that is reasonably common and can be securely assigned to the lifetime of Genghis Kahn. The type is believed to have been struck 618-619 [AH] / 1221, during the Mongol chase of Mangubarni to the Indus River, when a Mongol military base was established at or near Ghazna."IS93640. Billon jital, Tye Jitals 329, Album 1969, SICA 9 1008, aVF, porous, earthen deposits, off center, weight 4.160 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 180o, Ghazna (Ghazni, Afganistan) mint, undated, c. 1221 A.D.; obverse al-khaqan / al-'adil / al-a'zam (the Just Supreme Khan); reverse name and title of the Abbasid caliph al-Nasir; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $140.00 (€128.80)
Macedonian Kingdom, Satrapy of Bactria, Sophytes, c. 315 - 305 B.C.
SH26919. Silver drachm, Mitchiner IGIS 29a, SNG ANS 21, superb EF, weight 3.397 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 180o, obverse head of Sophytes right, wearing helmet and olive wreath, side flap ornamented with wing, ligate MNA on bottom of neck truncation; reverse ΣΩΦYTOY, rooster standing right, kerykeion behind; ex CNG 69 (8 June 2005), lot 777, slightly grainy, small flan defect on helmet, very sharp, bold high-relief strike; very rare; SOLD
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