A beautiful dinar of Shapur
Lot 3626
SASANIAN KINGS. Shapur I, 240-272. Dinar (Gold, 21 mm, 7.27 g, 3 h), style P, mint I (‘Ctesiphon’). 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. The legend along the dotted rim, running anticlockwise from 11 h to 1 h, reads ‘mzdysn bgy šhpwhry MRKAn MRKA ʾyrʾn MNW ctry MN yzdʾn’, i.e. ‘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). Rev. Zoroastrian fire altar flanked by two regal attendants wearing mural crowns and holding scepters; to right and left, ‘NWRA ZY - šhpwhry’ = ‘ādur ī Šābuhr’ (‘Fire of Shapur’ in Pahlavi). Göbl type I/1. SNS I, type IIc/1b. Sunrise 739 (this coin). A beautiful example with fully readable legends. Light doubling, otherwise, good extremely fine.

From the Asha & Ardeshir Dabestani Collection, ex Goldberg 93, 6 September 2016, 1563, and from the Sunrise Collection.
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1000 CHF
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3400 CHF
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Closing time: 16-Jul-24, 12:13:30 CEST
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