Is it King Khusro II Sassanian Coin?

Started by Adv. Girish bhambhani, February 18, 2021, 11:25:00 AM

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Adv. Girish bhambhani

Kindly help in identifying this coin.. is it King Khusro II Sassanian Drachm?
Weight: 3.95 gms approx
Thank you.


It appears to be a drachm of Hormazd IV, AIRAN mint, year 8 (586 AD).



Thank you Alan for the ID; dear Girish, please find details of coin:
Sasanian Empire, Hormazd IV, Regnal Year 8 (AD 586), AR Drachm, Airan (Susa) mint (579-590 AD).
Obverse (First photo):
Bust right, wearing mural crown with frontal crescent, two wings, and star-in-crescent, ribbons and crescents on shoulders; stars flanking crown; double border, star-in-crescents.
Reverse (Second photo):
Fire altar with ribbons; flanked by two attendants; star and crescent flanking flame.
Mint mark, to the right of the right attendant, Airan (Susa شوش).
Hormazd IV (هرمز چهارم), was the Sasanian King of Kings of Iran from 579 to 590. He was the son and successor of Khosrow I, and his mother was a Khazar princess.
Susa (شوش‎) was an ancient city in the lower Zagros Mountains about 250 km (160 mi) east of the Tigris River, between the Karkheh and Dez Rivers. One of the most important cities of the Ancient Near East, Susa served as the capital of Elam and the Achaemenid Empire, and remained a strategic center during the Parthian and Sasanian periods.

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

Adv. Girish bhambhani

Thank you so much Alan and Maythem for your help! Highly appreciate your detailed description on the coin Maythem!


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