A particularly individual portrait of Shapur I
Lot 1238
SASANIAN KINGS. Shapur I, 240-272. Dinar (Gold, 22 mm, 7.47 g, 3 h), Mint C (Ktesiphon), circa 260-272. 𐭭𐭠𐭣𐭦𐭩 𐭭𐭬 𐭩𐭥𐭲𐭰 𐭥𐭭𐭬 𐭭𐭠𐭥𐭩𐭠 𐭠𐭪𐭥𐭬 𐭭𐭠𐭪𐭥𐭬 𐭩𐭥𐭧𐭥𐭯𐭧𐭱 𐭩𐭢𐭡 𐭭𐭮𐭩𐭣𐭦𐭬 (‘mzdysn bgy šhpwhry MRKAn MRKA ʾyrʾn MNW ctry MN yzdʾn’ = ‘mazdēsn bay Šābuhr šāhān šāh Ērān kē čihr az yaz(a)dān’ = ‘The Mazda-worshipping Lord, Shapur, King of Kings of the Iranians, whose essence is from the gods’ in Pahlavi) Diademed and draped bust of Shapur I to right, wearing mural crown with a great korymbos on top and long earflaps; long beard with two rings and thick tufts of curly hair at the back; two ribbons rising from behind head. Rev. 𐭩𐭦 𐭠𐭥𐭥𐭭 - 𐭩𐭥𐭧𐭥𐭯𐭧𐭱 (‘NWRA ZY - šhpwhry’ = ‘ādur ī Šābuhr’ = ‘Fire of Shapur’ in Pahlavi) Zoroastrian fire altar flanked by two regal attendants wearing mural crowns and holding scepters; three pellets to the right of the altar shaft and one to the left; in upper field to left, frawahr. SNS I, type IIc/1b. A well struck example with a particularly individual portrait. Extremely fine.

Ex Leu Web Auction 24, 4 December 2023, 1087 and previously from an American collection, formed before 2005.
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1500 CHF
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5500 CHF
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Closing time: 24-Feb-24, 22:18:30 CET
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