Arab-Sassanian Coins, Various Mints In Iran, From Year 35 (Assume Yazdgird Era, So 46 AH / 666 CE) Onwards

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Arab-Sassanian coin issued by Ziyād ibn Abī Sufyān, governor of al-Basra, frozen in 48 AH.


48 AH / 668-669 CE.


Obverse field: Typical late Arab-Sassanian bust. Obverse margin: bism Allāh rabbī ("In the name of God, my Lord").

Reverse field: Typical Arab-Sassanian fire-altar with attendants with mint (Meshan).


Weight = 2.53 gms (remaining).

These are the issues of Ziyād ibn Abī Sufyān, governor of al-Baṣra, before he was granted the governorship of al-Kufa. Coins bearing the legend bism Allāh rabbī came from various mints in Iran, from year 35 (assume Yazdgird era, so 46 AH / 666 CE) onwards, sometimes with addition words in Arabic and Persian.


Not known. Images of the coin are from the Arab-Sasanian (Or Early Muslim) Coinage. Similar coins are also found in the British Museum, London.

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[1] J. Walker, A Catalogue Of The Muhammadan Coins In The British Museum, 1941, Volume I - Arab-Sassanian Coins, British Museum: London, pp. 13-23, 36-37, 40-46, 55, 65.

[2] H. Gaube, Arabosasanidische Numismatik, 1973, Handbücher Der Mittelasiatischen Numismatik - Volume 2, Klinkhardt & Biermann: Braunschweig, pp. 22-24, 24-25 (with addition words in Arabic and Persian).

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