SASANIAN KINGDOM: Shapur I, 242-271, AV dinar (7.31g), G-21var, SNS type IIc/2b, standard obverse bust right // fire-altar, flanked by two attendants, each holding long spear and crowned with mural crown backed by korymbos, not assigned to a specific mint, choice EF, RRR. SNS lists four varieties (of styles A? L? M and P, items 246 and P62-P66) on which the attendants on the reverse have the korymbos over their crown, all in silver, a total of 6 very rare items. This piece is closest in style to SNS-A64 (described as style L?), a silver drachm and the only example of this type. This piece differs from SNS-A64 by the crescent and pellet both on the altar base and the top of the attendants' spears. Three other examples struck by the same pair of dies have appeared in recent auctions, Roma E-Sale 45, Lot 383 (sold for $3793), Heritage Sale 3054, Lot 30179 (sold for $3800), and Lanz Auction 164, Lot 105 (somewhat weakly struck, $3369).
|Starting price||3'250 USD|