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Coins of the Sasanian Empire, 224 - 651 A.D.

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.


Islamic, Tabarestan, Abbasid Governor Sa'id ibn Da'laj Suleiman Mukatil, 787 - 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. This type was struck on the standard of a Sasanian half-drachm but is referred to as a dirham by contemporary references. The diamond head replaced the emperor's head to honor the Islamic faith, which forbids graven human images.
IS89686. Silver dirham, Arab-Sasanian type; Walker BMC I, p. 145, B.43; Album 65; cf. SIC Ashmolean 434 (year 137); Mitchiner WOI 280 (same), VF, well centered on a broad flan, some porosity, small edge cracks, weight 1.494 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 345o, Tabaristan mint, 787 - 788 A.D.; obverse Sasanian style bust wearing winged crown but face replace by diamond enclosing Kufic bakh (bravo), Pahlavi "strong" and "splendor" left, Kufic name "sulayman" right, Pahlavi "excellent" and "good" with stars and crescents outside border; reverse fire altar with two attendants, tiny stars flanking the flame, Pahlavi SHSHIVST (year 136 of the Post-Yazdegard Era) on left and Pahlavi TPURSTAN (mint) on right; stars, crescents and groups of pellets outside triple border; ex Beast Coins; rare year; $160.00 (140.80)


Islamic, Arab-Sasanian, Abbasid Province of Tabaristan, Anonymous, 786 - 787 A.D.

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Tabaristan was one of the last parts of Persia to fall to the Muslim Conquest, maintaining resistance until 761, when local rulers became vassals of the Abassid Caliphate. Even after this, Tabaristan remained largely independent of direct control of the Caliphate, and underwent numerous power struggles and rebellions.
IS89693. Silver hemidrachm, SICA I 431, Album 73, EF, some mint luster, areas of weak strike, weight 1.953 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 0o, Tabaristan mint, Post-Yazdgerd era year 136, 170 H, 786 - 787 A.D.; obverse Pahlavi left: GDH (spendor); Pahlavi right: AFZWT (strong, replaces governors name); Pahlavi in margin left to right: pd (excellent), nwk' (good), bust with winged crown in the style of the Sasanian king Khusru II, pellets flanking crown within border, four pellets on chest (top pellet on collar), star above crescent on shoulders, three crescents with star within in margin; reverse Pahlavi left: date (year 136), Pahlavi right: Tpwlst'n (Tabaristan), fire altar flanked by two stylized attendants, flame flanked by two pellets, triple circle border, four crescents with star and four groups of three pellets outside; ex Beast Coins; $120.00 (105.60)


New Evidence for Sasanian Numismatics: The Collection of Ahmad Saeedi

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One of the most important collections of Sasanian coinage to be published in recent decades, particularly of the gold denominations. Essential for the Sasanian numismatist.
BK43213. New Evidence for Sasanian Numismatics: The Collection of Ahmad Saeedi by Rika Gyselen, 2004, extract from Contributions a l'histoire et la geographie historique de l'empire sassanide, hardbound, 144 pages including 32 plates; $40.00 (35.20) Out of Stock!







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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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Gyselen, R. ed. New Evidence for Sasanian Numismatics: The Collection of Ahmad Saeedi. (Leuven, Belgium, 2004).
Mitchiner, M. Oriental Coins and Their Values: The Ancient and Classical World. (London, 1978).
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