SASANID Yazdgard III 632-651 AD silver drachm year 3 SK Sakastan mint


SASANID, Yazdgard III, 632-651 AD, drachm, year 3 (634 AD), SK, Sakastan mint, Obverse: bust R, Reverse: fire altar with 2 attendants, date L, mint R, silver, 32mm, 3.93g, crack, XF-AU

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Yazdgard III was the last Sasanid King. He was put on the throne as a child in a time of dynastic war, with neighbor states taking advantage. Then came the Muslim Arabs, who put an end to the nonsense.

The Sasanid dynasty grew out of a secession of the district of Persis, more or less the southwestern part of Persia. There was a political aspect: they portrayed themselves as authentic Persians, as opposed to the Parthians against whom they rebelled, who were foreign nomads to the Sasanids. There was also a religious element: the Zoroastrian religion considered itself a distinct, modern, better formulation of religion than the overall jumble of localisms that was the key idea of the pagan world. There was also the anti-Roman thing: the last of the Parthians were either ineffectual or Roman puppets.

Ancient Coins includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.