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During the Middle Sasanian Kingdom, Persia and the Byzantine Empire were mostly at peace. Persia had problems on its eastern frontier, and the Byzantines were menaced by the Slavs, Avars and other steppe nomads. Near the end of this period, hostilities broke out again when Khusru I  strengthened the monarchy and then annihilated the Epthalites, temporarily securing the eastern frontier. Sasan2.jpg (11799 bytes)
 
Khusru next invaded Mesopotamia, but his successes were short-lived after the Byzantines incited the Huns and the Turks to attack Persia. In 590 the Byzantines defeated the Persian army and its commander was disgraced. The army then mutinied and  Hormazd IV was overthrown. The Middle Sasanian Kingdom ended with Persia in chaos.
Early Sasanian

The Middle Sasanian Kingdom
399 ad - 590 ad

Late Sasanian

Yazdgard I
399 - 420 ad
Yazdgard II
438 - 457 ad
Valkash
484 - 488 ad
Zamasp
496 - 498 ad
Hormazd IV
579 - 590 ad
Varhran V
420 - 438 ad
Peroz I
459 - 484 ad
Kavad I
488 - 496,
498 - 531
Khusru I
531 - 579 ad
   

Gb155* 1802 Varhran V: AR 28 Drachm
$75.00
Obv.
MAZDISN BAGI VARAHRAN MALKAN MALKA
of Mazda-worshipping Varahran, King of Kings
Crowned bust r.
Rev.
VH uncertain year Fire-altar with 2 attendants, bust of Ahura-Mazda in flames
4.24 g
MACW 953; Gobl 155v. minor rim unevenness, oth. EF

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Gb183* 2171 Sasanian Kingdom, Kvad I (1st reign): AR 29 Drachm
$45.00
Obv.
KAVAT AFZUTU
of Kvad the Prosperous
Crowned bust r.
Rev. Pahlavi script for uncertain mint and date
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
3.90 g
Gobl 183v rev. die flaws, oth. VF

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Gb189* 2114 Sasanian Kingdom, Kvad I (2nd reign): AR 27 Drachm
$65.00
Obv.
KAVAT AFZUTU
of Kvad the Prosperous
Crowned bust r.
Rev. Pahlavia script for Dinawar, Year 34
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
4.07 g
Gobl 189v sl. central flatness, oth. good VF

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Gb189* 2211 Sasanian Kingdom, Kavad I (2nd reign): AR 31 Drachm
$65.00
Obv.
KAVAT AFZUTU
of Kvad the Prosperous
Crowned bust r.
Rev. Pahlavi script for AS mint, year 25
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
4.14 g
Gobl 189v sl. irregular strike, oth. gVF

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Gb196* 1218 Khusru I: AR 30 Drachm
$60.00
Obv.
KHUSRUI AFZUI
of Khusru the Prosperous
Crowned bust r.
Rev. Mint and date in Pahlavi
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
4.13 g
MACW 1028ff; Gobl 196
sl. uneven, oth. gVF

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Gb196* 2164 Khusru I: AR 29 Drachm
$30.00
Obv.
KHUSRUI AFZUI
of Khusru the Prosperous
Crowned bust r.
Rev. Mint and date in Pahlavi
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
4.08 g
MACW 1028ff; Gobl 196
sl. central weakness, oth. nEF

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Gb196* 2223 Khusru I: AR 30 Drachm
$30.00
Obv.
KHUSRUI AFZUI
of Khusru the Prosperous
Crowned bust r.
Rev. Mint and date in Pahlavi - NYHCH, year 25
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
4.13 g
MACW 1043v; Gobl 196v
obv. sl. uneven, rev. dirt, oth. EF

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Gb197* 2167 Khusru I: AR 30 Drachm
$45.00
Obv.
KHUSRUI AFZUI
of Khusru the Prosperous
Crowned bust r.
Rev. Mint and date in Pahlavi
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
4.14 g
MACW 1036v; Gobl 197v
sl. striking weakness, oth. EF

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Gb197* 2217 Khusru I: AR 30 Drachm
$30.00
Obv.
KHUSRUI AFZUI
of Khusru the Prosperous
Crowned bust r.
Rev. Mint and date in Pahlavi -KHCH, year 24
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
4.14 g
MACW 1036v; Gobl 197v
usual central weakness, oth. EF

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Gb197* 2220 Khusru I: AR 30 Drachm
$45.00
Obv.
KHUSRUI AFZUI
of Khusru the Prosperous
Crowned bust r.
Rev. Mint and date in Pahlavi - GI, year 21
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
4.09 g
MACW 1050v; Gobl 197v
some striking weakness, oth. nEF

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Gb201* 2225 Hormazd IV: AR 34 Drachm
$30.00
Obv.
AUHRAMAZ AFZU
of Hormazd, the Prosperous
Crowned bust r.
Rev. Pahlavi script for mint and year - GI, year 5
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
4.08 g
MACW 1095v; Gobl 201v sl. uneven, oth. gVF

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Gb202* 2237 Hormazd IV: AR 34 Drachm
$45.00
Obv.
AUHRAMAZ AFZU
of Hormazd, the Prosperous
Crowned bust r.
Rev. Pahlavi script for mint and date - YZ, year 3
Fire-altar with 2 attendants
4.11 g
MACW 1095v; Gobl 202v good VF, nearly full strike

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