rare coin dating back to the Sassanid dynasty (226-651), is
identified by an Iranian coin expert and would be soon unveiled
Hussein Pakzadian has managed to recognize this coin, though its
marks had not been registered among already discovered Sasanid
coins. He intends to display it Tehran’s Money Museum in near
“Unfortunately we have no clue where the original coin is.
Maybe it is kept in the local stocks of Iranian museums or
private collections. We are going to introduce it in a joint
session with museum directors to see whether they can give us
any hint,” he said. “Meanwhile, we are going to publish its
details in oversees journals, because tracking it down is vital
for us to learn more about the dynasty.”
He observed that the coin must have been minted in mid-Sasanid
era, because at that time Iran faced huge economic challenges,
making a big slump in purity of the gold used in coins. “In
early Sasanid heydays, coins had more elaborated designs and
marks. Indeed they still used the artistic style developed by
Arsacids, or Parthians (247 B.C.-226 A.D.).
the final years of the Sasanids, especially since Ghobad’s
reign when huge war booty inundated the nation, the coin
industry boomed again and Sasanids’ numerous victories helped
courts to produce more beautiful coins,” he concluded.