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date: 08 August 2020

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This chapter presents a comprehensive survey of Sasanian coinage from its beginnings to the Islamic conquest. Particular attention is paid to the changing details of iconography and the individuality of the crowns worn by each monarch. Minting techniques, mints, mint signatures, and denominations are discussed. Both precious and base metal coinage is described. Portraits, diadems, astral symbols, rims, legends and the evolution of the fire altar on the reverse are all treated.

Keywords: coinage, numismatics, Sasanians, mints, iconography, fire altar

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