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Sasanian Coins from the Early Sasanian Kingdom

The Sasanians revived the Zoroastrian religion, tried to erase the memory of the Parthian regime,   and sought to reconquer Asia Minor and Egypt. This military threat had much to do with the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. Artashir I almost immediately invaded Roman Mesopotamia, and his son Shapur I expanded the conflict by invading Syria. In 260 Shapur captured the Roman Emperor Valerian and his entire army, nearly wrecking the Roman Empire.

In 276 the Romans regained Armenia and Mesopotamia while the Persians dealt with the Kushan empire.

Sasan1.jpg (13611 bytes) Conflict broke out anew in the reign of Shapur II, and the Persians had the worst of it despite killing Julian II. The eastern frontier then became a threat again as the Epthalites took over the Kushan territories, distracting the Persians from their drive to regain ancient Persian territory from the Roman Empire.

Sasanian coins (sometimes also spelled Sassanian) retain the denominations and weight standard of their Parthian predecessors, but the drachms are of  much larger and thinner  module, and the legends are in Pahlavi.

Parthian Client Kingdoms

The Early Sasanian Kingdom
224 ad - 399 ad

Middle Sasanian

Artashir I
224 - 242 ad
Hormazd I
270 - 271 ad
Varhran II
274 - 293 ad
Narseh
293 - 302 ad
Shapur II
309 - 379 ad
Shapur III
383 - 388 ad
Shapur I
240 - 270 ad
Varhran I
271 - 274 ad
Varhran III
293 ad
Hormazd II
302 - 309 ad
Artashir II
379 - 383 ad
Varhran IV
388 - 399 ad
   

Gb085 2579 Hormazd II: AR 30 Drachm
$200.00
Obv.
MAZDISN BAGI AUHRAMAZDI MALKAN MALKA AIRAN
of Mazda-worshipping Hormazd, King of Kings of Iran
Crowned bust r.
Rev.
NURA ZI AURAMAZDI
Fire of Hormazd
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
4.34 g
MACW 0867; Gobl 85 gVF, rare

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Gb023* 2403 Shapur I: AR 28 Drachm
$100.00
Obv.
MAZDISN BAGI SHAHPURI MALKAN MALKA AIRAN MINUCHETRI MEN IEZDAN
of Mazda-worshipping Shapur, King of Kings of Iran, celestial seed of the Gods
Crowned bust r.
Rev.
NURA ZI SHAHPURI
Fire of Shapur
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
3.80 g
MACW 811ff; Gobl 023v
sl. uneven, oth. attractive VF

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Gb085 2575 Hormazd II: AR 30 Drachm
$125.00
Obv.
MAZDISN BAGI AUHRAMAZDI MALKAN MALKA AIRAN
of Mazda-worshipping Hormazd, King of Kings of Iran
Crowned bust r.
Rev.
NURA ZI AURAMAZDI
Fire of Hormazd
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
4.02g
MACW 0867; Gobl 85 obv. scratches, oth. gVF, rare

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Gb085 2576 Hormazd II: AR 30 Drachm
$200.00
Obv.
MAZDISN BAGI AUHRAMAZDI MALKAN MALKA AIRAN
of Mazda-worshipping Hormazd, King of Kings of Iran
Crowned bust r.
Rev.
NURA ZI AURAMAZDI
Fire of Hormazd
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
3.75 g
MACW 0867; Gobl 85 gVF, rare

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Gb085 2577 Hormazd II: AR 30 Drachm
$200.00
Obv.
MAZDISN BAGI AUHRAMAZDI MALKAN MALKA AIRAN
of Mazda-worshipping Hormazd, King of Kings of Iran
Crowned bust r.
Rev.
NURA ZI AURAMAZDI
Fire of Hormazd
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
4.23g
MACW 0867; Gobl 85 gVF, rare

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Gb085 2578 Hormazd II: AR 30 Drachm
$200.00
Obv.
MAZDISN BAGI AUHRAMAZDI MALKAN MALKA AIRAN
of Mazda-worshipping Hormazd, King of Kings of Iran
Crowned bust r.
Rev.
NURA ZI AURAMAZDI
Fire of Hormazd
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
3.71 g
MACW 0867; Gobl 85 VF, rare

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Gb085 2580 Hormazd II: AR 30 Drachm
$200.00
Obv.
MAZDISN BAGI AUHRAMAZDI MALKAN MALKA AIRAN
of Mazda-worshipping Hormazd, King of Kings of Iran
Crowned bust r.
Rev.
NURA ZI AURAMAZDI
Fire of Hormazd
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
4.07 g
MACW 0867; Gobl 85 gVF, rare

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Gb085 2581 Hormazd II: AR 30 Drachm
$200.00
Obv.
MAZDISN BAGI AUHRAMAZDI MALKAN MALKA AIRAN
of Mazda-worshipping Hormazd, King of Kings of Iran
Crowned bust r.
Rev.
NURA ZI AURAMAZDI
Fire of Hormazd
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
4.07 g
MACW 0867; Gobl 85 VF, rare

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Gb085 2582 Hormazd II: AR 30 Drachm
$200.00
Obv.
MAZDISN BAGI AUHRAMAZDI MALKAN MALKA AIRAN
of Mazda-worshipping Hormazd, King of Kings of Iran
Crowned bust r.
Rev.
NURA ZI AURAMAZDI
Fire of Hormazd
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
4.09 g
MACW 0867; Gobl 85 gVF, rare

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Gb085 2583 Hormazd II: AR 30 Drachm
$200.00
Obv.
MAZDISN BAGI AUHRAMAZDI MALKAN MALKA AIRAN
of Mazda-worshipping Hormazd, King of Kings of Iran
Crowned bust r.
Rev.
NURA ZI AURAMAZDI
Fire of Hormazd
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
4.22 g
MACW 0867; Gobl 85 gVF, rare

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