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Ancient Persia, Sassanian Empire, Khusro II, AR drachm

Ancient Persia, Sassanian Empire, Khusro II, AR drachm



Ancient Persia, Sassanian Empire, Khusro II, AR drachm

Period: 590-628 AD

The Kh is also sometimes spelled as X or Ch, so you may see Khusro, Xusro or Chosroes. The sacred fire, depicted on the reverse of the coin was symbolic for the Zoroastrianism religion of the Sasanians.

Obverse: Bust of Khusro II right, wearing winged crown surmounted by star and crescent, inside double dotted-border, crescent with star at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock with text on the right of portrait 'hwslwb', or Khusro.
Reverse: Two guards flanking a flaming altar, crescents on their heads, inside triple dotted border, crescent with star at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o'clock.

Struck: uncertain mintplace (mintmark WYHC), region of Fars (Central Iraq).

Article code: 13-9405

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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 was 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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