Ancient Persia: Sassanian Coins and Artifacts for Sale
The Sassanid Dynasty is usually referred to as the Sassanian Empire (also spelled Sasanian Empire in ancient sources). The period was one of great history and influence which began after the defeat of the Parthian kingdom by Ardashir I in 206 AD, and flourished until 651 AD when the last Sassanian king Yazdegerd was defeated by the Muslim Arab Caliphs. The Sassanian Empire encompassed modern-day Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Armenia, as well as portions of Syria and Turkey. To the Sassanian people, they were called "Eranshar"-- the "Iranian Empire."

In the 7th century AD, Sasanian king Khusro II, during the war between the Persian and Byzantine empires, sacked Jerusalem and took the True Cross as spoils of war. He brought this holy relic back to Persia, where it was re-captured by the Byzantine emperor Heraclius and taken to Constantinople, then back to Jerusalem.

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King Khusro II, 590 - 627 AD. Large silver dirhem, Azerbaijan mint, struck Year 27. Crowned bust of Khusro facing rt., zoroastrian astrological symbols: stars and crescents around perimeter / Holy fire-altar flanked by two attendants, monograms/ zoroastrian astrological symbols. Choice EF, well centered & perfectly struck! 31 mm, 4.14 g. ex-Frank S. Robinson collection, NY. #0712402: $175

King Khusro II, 590 - 627 AD. Large silver dirhem, Darabgird mint, struck Year 27. Crowned bust of Khusro facing rt., zoroastrian astrological symbols: stars and crescents around perimeter / Holy fire-altar flanked by two attendants, monograms/ zoroastrian astrological symbols. 31 mm, 4.16 g. Choice EF! ex-Frank S. Robinson collection, NY. #0712403: $175


King Khusro II, 590 - 627 AD. Large silver dirhem, Marv mint, struck Year 34. Crowned bust of Khusro facing rt., zoroastrian astrological symbols: stars and crescents around perimeter / Holy fire-altar flanked by two attendants, monograms/ zoroastrian astrological symbols. 32 mm, 4.12 g. Choice EF! ex-Frank S. Robinson collection, NY. #CP2073: $150


King Khusro II, 590 - 627 AD. Large silver dirhem, Airan mint (the name "Iran" came from here), struck Year 33. Crowned bust of Khusro facing rt., zoroastrian astrological symbols: stars and crescents around perimeter / Holy fire-altar flanked by two attendants, monograms/ zoroastrian astrological symbols. 33 mm, 4.08 g. AEF with bright surfaces. ex-Frank S. Robinson collection, NY. #CP2071: $135


King Khusro II, 590 - 627 AD. Large silver dirhem, Hamadan mint, struck Year 37. Crowned bust of Khusro facing rt., zoroastrian astrological symbols: stars and crescents around perimeter / Holy fire-altar flanked by two attendants, monograms/ zoroastrian astrological symbols. 33 mm, 4.14 g. Choice EF! ex-Frank S. Robinson collection, NY. #CP2074: $175


King Khusro II, 590 - 627 AD. Large silver dirhem, Shiz mint, struck Year 26. Crowned bust of Khusro facing rt., zoroastrian astrological symbols: stars and crescents around perimeter / Holy fire-altar flanked by two attendants, monograms/ zoroastrian astrological symbols. 31 mm, 4.13 g. Choice EF, crisply struck, fine style, nice silver. ex-Frank S. Robinson collection, NY. #0712405: $175

King Khusro II, 590 - 627 AD. Rare small silver hemidrachm, Darabgird mint, struck Year 36. Crowned bust of Khusro facing rt., zoroastrian astrological symbols: stars and crescents around perimeter / Holy fire-altar flanked by two attendants, monograms/ zoroastrian astrological symbols. 26 mm, 2.64 g. Nice cabinet-tone. ex-Los Angeles collection. #CP2076: $99



King Khusro II, 590 - 627 AD. Large silver dirhem, Jay mint, struck Year 38. Crowned bust of Khusro facing rt., zoroastrian astrological symbols: stars and crescents around perimeter / Holy fire-altar flanked by two attendants, monograms/ zoroastrian astrological symbols. 32 mm, 4.05 g. Choice EF, well centered and perfectly struck! Good silver. ex-Frank S. Robinson, NY. #CP2084: $175 SOLD

King Khusro II, 590 - 627 AD. Silver dirhem. Crowned bust of Khusro facing rt., zoroastrian astrological symbols: stars and crescents around perimeter / Holy fire-altar flanked by two attendants, monograms/ zoroastrian astrological symbols. 28 mm, 2.99 g. Clipped in antiquity! Lovely cabinet tone with great contrast. Looks much nicer in person! #21655: $125



King Peroz I, 459-484 AD. Silver dirhem, Second Crown. Crowned and cuirassed bust right, ribbons rising from shoulders, degraded Pahlavi legend around / Fire altar with attendants and ribbon, star and crescent flanking flames. Struck on nice full flan with high relief & lustrous surfaces. Choice EF. ref: Gobl III/1, Paruck 348v. Ex-Frank Robinson coll. 27 mm, 4.13 g. #8678: $135


Arab-Sasanian, Tabaristan. Farrukh Khan. Silver dirhem struck 727 AD. Crowned bust facing rt., stars and crescents around / Holy fire-altar flanked by two attendants, monograms / astrological symbols. 23 mm, 1.74 g. From my own personal collection. I always loved the face in this. Stunning portrait, great contrast. Not well represented in the photo. #GVCP2064: $99


King Kavad I, 488 - 531 AD. Silver dirhem, year 13. Crowned bust of Kavad right, Pahlavi legend within border, Zoroastrian astrological symbols: stars and crescents around perimeter / Holy fire-altar flanked by two very stylized attendants, monograms & astrological symbols around. 27 mm, 3.45 g. Nice detail! ref: Mitchiner ACW 1016v, Gobl SN I/1v. #CP2075: $99


Sasanian Kingdom. King Peroz I, 459-484 AD. Silver Dirhem. Crowned & cuirassed bust rt, ribbons rising from shoulders, Pahlavi legend around / Zoroastrian Fire altar with attendants & ribbon, star & crescent flanking flames. 28 mm, 4.16 g. Choice EF. ref: Gobl III/1, Paruck 348v. ex-CNG. #CP2070: $135


Sasanian Kingdom. King Peroz I, 459-484 AD. Silver Dirhem. Crowned & cuirassed bust rt, ribbons rising from shoulders, Pahlavi legend around / Zoroastrian Fire altar with attendants & ribbon, star & crescent flanking flames. 27x30 mm, 4.17 g. Choice EF. ref: Gobl III/1, Paruck 348v. ex-CNG. #CP2072: $125

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King Kavad I, 488 - 531 AD. Silver dirhem. Crowned bust of Kavad facing right, Pahlavi legend within border, zoroastrian astrological symbols: stars and crescents around perimeter / Holy fire-altar flanked by two very stylized attendants, monograms/ zoroastrian astrological symbols around. 29 mm, 4.08 g. Excellent detail! ref: Mitchiner ACW 1016, Gobl SN I/1v. #8701: $99 SOLD

King Kavad I, 488-531 AD. Silver dirhem. Bust of king rt with tall winged crown, Sasanian inscriptions around, stars within crescents at three points around / Two attendants flanking a Zoroastrian fire-altar, inscriptions and astrological symbols around. 28-30 mm, 3.98 g. Nice dark tone with bright highlights. Nice eye appeal and a rarer type. #7491: $85 SOLD

King Khusro II, 590 - 627 AD. Large silver dirhem. obv: Crowned bust of Khusro facing rt., zoroastrian astrological symbols: stars and crescents at 4 points around perimeter. rev: Holy fire-altar flanked by two attendants, monograms/ zoroastrian astrological symbols. 32 mm, 4.08 g. #8643: $145 SOLD


King Bahram V, 420--438 AD. Silver drachm, Kandahar mint. Crowned bust rt., Zoroastrian astrological symbols: stars and crescents at 4 points around perimeter. rev: Holy fire-altar flanked by two attendants, monograms/ symbols.$110.00 SOLD

Sasanian, ancient Persia. King Khusro II, 590 - 627 AD. Silver dirhem, set in custom sterling silver bezel. Crowned bust of Khusro facing rt., zoroastrian astrological symbols: stars and crescents around perimeter / Holy fire-altar flanked by two attendants, monograms/ zoroastrian astrological symbols. 27 mm dia. #JN2003: $199 SOLD

King Khusro V, 631--633 AD Silver drachm. Crowned bust rt., Zoroastrian astrological symbols: stars and crescents at 4 points around perimeter. rev: Holy fire-altar flanked by two attendants, monograms/ symbols. $75.00 SOLD

King Tabaristan
Umarion Ai-Ala. AH 157. Crowned bust rt., Zoroastrian astrological symbols: stars and crescents at 4 points around perimeter. rev: Holy fire-altar flanked by two attendants, monograms/ symbols. Silver drachm. $146.00
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