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Ancient Persia, Sassanian Empire, Hormazd IV, AR Drachm

Ancient Persia, Sassanian Empire, Hormazd IV, AR Drachm



Ancient Persia, Sassanian Empire, Hormazd IV, AR Drachm

Period: 579-590 AD

Silver drachm of Hormazd IV (579-590 AD), Bishapur mint (Fars/Bishapur District).

Obverse: Bust of Hormazd IV, wearing crown with tassel to left, inside dotted-border, crescent with star at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock, with text on the right of portrait 'whrmzd', or Hormazd.
Reverse: Two guards flanking a flaming altar, crescents on their heads, inside dotted border.

Struck: Bishapur (mint mark BYSh).

Article code: 14-2707

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The Sassanian Dynasty of Persia (present-day Iran) was founded in 224 AD by Ardashir I who defeated the Parthian king Arbatanos IV. In 226 AD he was crowned as the first Sassanian King. Under the rule of his son, Shapur I the Sassanian Empire stretched their territories to include all of modern Iran, parts of Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and the Gulf Coast of the Arabian peninsula. For more than 400 years, the Sassanid Empire was considered to be one of the main powers in Western and Central Asia, alongside the Roman-Byzantine Empire. In the mid 7th century, Arabs overrun the Sassanians and the Zoroastrian religion is replaced with Islam.

The Parthians ans Sasanians refined silver to mint coins and make luxury items and decorations. Like their predecessors the Parthians, the Sassanid Empire actively traded with China. Large numbers of Sassanid coins have been found in southern China.

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