Kingdom of Persis. Vadfradad IV, Silver drachm. 2nd Century AD.
Kingdom of Persis. Vadfradad IV, Silver drachm. 2nd Century AD
Obverse: Bearded bust right of Vadfradad IV, wearing diadem; crescent above.
Reverse: Fire temple; Ahura-Mazda above, to left Vadfradad standing right with hands raised in adoration; to right, standard surmounted by an eagle. Script in exergue.
Die engraver: Unknown.
Origin: Unknown mint in southwest Persia; perhaps Persepolis.
Materials and method: Struck in silver from engraved dies.
Dimensions: mm diameter.
Date of minting: First half of the 2nd century AD.
Condition: Very fine. Reverse slightly weakly struck as is common for this issue.
Stock no: C079
- The Kingdom of Persis was located in south-west Persia with its principal cities being Persepolis and Pasargadae. From the 2nd century BC to the 3rd century AD the kings of Persis maintained a degree of independence and minted their own coinage despite other empires, such as the Parthians, having a degree of control over them. A lot of what is known about this kingdom comes from the coinage.
- The Ahura-Mazda is the highest deity in Zoroastrianism and took different forms at different times. It is the source of all goodness.
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