Arab-Sassanian Coins From Year 20 (Assume Yazdgird Era, So 31 AH / 652 CE) Onwards

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Arab-Sassanian coin with the name of Yazdgird III, frozen in 20 Yazdgird Era.


31 AH / 652 CE.


Obverse field: Typical late Arab-Sassanian bust with name of Yazdgird III (in Middle Persian). Obverse margin: jayyid ("Valid" or "Good").

Reverse field: Typical Arab-Sassanian fire-altar with attendants with mint (AY?) and date in Middle Persian (20 Yazdgird Era), i.e., 31 AH / 652 CE.


Weight = 4.2 gms. This is a posthumous coin in the name of Yazdgird III.

These are some of the earliest dated Islamic coins and believed to have been struck for about 15 years.


Not known. Picture of the coin is taken from here.

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[1] S. Album & T. Goodwin, Syllogue Of Islamic Coins In The Ashmolean - The Pre-Reform Coinage Of The Early Islamic Period, 2002, Volume I, Ashmolean Museum: Oxford (UK), pp. 6-7.

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