Kingdom of Persis. Vadfradad IV, Silver drachm. 2nd Century AD.

Kingdom of Persis. Vadfradad IV, Silver drachm. 2nd Century AD.

SKU: C079
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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.

 

Weight: 3.46gm

 

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

 

Comments:

  • 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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