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½ Drachm - Sulayman Abbasid Governors of Tabaristan - Arab-Sasanian

½ Drachm - Sulayman (Abbasid Governors of Tabaristan - Arab-Sasanian) -  obverse ½ Drachm - Sulayman (Abbasid Governors of Tabaristan - Arab-Sasanian) -  reverse

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Features

Country Abbasid Caliphate
(Islamic states)
Type Common coin
Years 137 (755-789)
Calendar Islamic
Value AR 1/2 Dachm (7/20)
Metal Silver
Weight 2 g
Diameter 23 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized yes
References Val Sn# 11
Sassanian Coins
by W. H. Valentine
(Rahul Publishing House, Delhi, India, 1993)

Obverse

Facing bust imitating Khusru II, legend in diamond replacing face, wearing winged crown surmounted by star and crescent, inside single-dotted border, crescents with stars at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock
"U" in lower left margin, "APD" in lower-right margin
Pahlavi date | Mint mark

Reverse

Sasanian style fire altar with two attendants standing facing, crescents on their heads, both hands on sword hilt, inside triple dotted-border, crescents with stars at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o'clock, three pellets at the diagonals

Edge

Flat hammered coin smooth edge

Comments

The obverse legend translates to "good" and was used by Suleiman instead of a portrait as was forbidden by the Muslim faith to use graven human images. The style on this example is particularly fine.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
137 (755)  W. H. Valentine#11
ND (787-789)  171-173 AH

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