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Ancient Coins Studied, Documented in Mazandaran

 

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Parthian & Sasanian Dynasties

 25 January 2004

 

 

A collection of 53 Parthian and Sasanian coins in a museum in the Mazandaran province were studies and documented.

All the king of kings of three Iranian dynasties, the Achaemenids, Parthians (Arsacids/Ashkanian) and Sasanids, which the governed Iran for more than 1000 years, forged coins. Many experts believe coins from the Arsacid and Sassanid are more significant since they prove important sources regarding the history, culture, art and economy of the time.

These coins were in circulation for more than 900 years and left an indelible mark on the world. The Huns and the Kushanis used the same coins as the Sassanids did.

The Sassanid coins continued to be circulated until the first century of the Islamic rule. The Arab rulers used the same coins which depicted Sassanid kings and Zoroastrian symbols. They were in circulation in parts of Iran, including Sistan and Tabarestan.

The coins were also taken out of Iran to Byzantium and other parts of Europe by merchants.

The studies carried out on coins as evidence of the craftsmanship of the time suggest the sphere of rule of each king. In addition, the Sassanid coins give an account of the history of the dynasty's 30 kings, since the crown of each king was different.

 

 

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