Author Topic: Sassanians, copper coin, date? Ruler?  (Read 649 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline aws22

  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1 804
Sassanians, copper coin, date? Ruler?
« on: August 30, 2016, 11:40:14 AM »
Sassanians, copper coin, date? Ruler?
Please help with this coin:
Weight 1.0 gm
Diameter 22-24 mm
Metal Copper
Two faces on first photo.
   
Maythem
Coin collecting has a curious name. It is also called the "Hobby of Kings".

Offline THCoins

  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 5 537
Re: Sassanians, copper coin, date? Ruler?
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2016, 01:38:49 PM »
Not Sassanian. Looks more like a local Arab copy of a Byzantine coin.

Anthony

Offline aws22

  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1 804
Re: Sassanians, copper coin, date? Ruler?
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2016, 05:16:10 PM »
Thank you Anthony, it looks like Arab-Byzantine imitation.

Maythem
Coin collecting has a curious name. It is also called the "Hobby of Kings".

Offline Figleaf

  • Administrator
  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 29 622
Re: Sassanians, copper coin, date? Ruler?
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2016, 05:32:16 PM »
I think this copy is too good for the work of a local blacksmith. Around 680 AD, copper coins with designs copied from then current Byzantine coins were struck at Damascus, Hims and Tartus by order of caliph Umar. The early coins of this series have the name of the mint. The issue lasted until 691 AD, Caliph Abd al-Malik.

Illustration from The coin atlas, by Joe Cribb et. al., ISBN 0316848212, pag. 139.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

Offline aws22

  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1 804
Re: Sassanians, copper coin, date? Ruler?
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2016, 09:52:44 PM »
Thank you Peter for the useful information.

Maythem
Coin collecting has a curious name. It is also called the "Hobby of Kings".