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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Country Abbasid Caliphate
(Islamic states)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 137 (755-789)
Calendar Islamic (Hijri)
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)


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


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


Flat hammered coin smooth edge


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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