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30 November 2021 14:00 CET
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 176
SASANIAN KINGS. Ardashir I, 223/4-240. Drachm (Silver, 26 mm, 4.10 g, 3 h), Mint B ("Hamadan"), circa 233/4-238/9. Bust of Ardashir I to right, wearing diadem (type R) and with his hair bound in a spherical knot on the top of his head. Rev. Fire altar (flames 2) with diadems (type R). SNS Type VII(4a)/3b(2b) (pl. 16, 234). Cf. Sunrise 710. Well-centered with broad borders. Rare. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Captivating rendering of the sacred fire and its guardians
Lot 177
SASANIAN KINGS. Shapur I, 240/242-272. Dinar (Gold, 21.5 mm, 7.10 g, 3 h), Ctesiphon?, c. 260-272. mzdysn bgy šhpwhry MRKAn MRKA ‘yr’n MNW ctry MN yzd’n Elaborate diademed and draped bust of Shapur I, with neat beard, mural crown and korymbos. Rev. NWRAZY šhpwhry Fire altar flanked by two attendants, both wearing mural crowns and each holding a spear. Göbl type I/1. Saeedi AV9. SNS type IIc/1c. Sunrise -. Well-centered and well-struck from dies of fine style. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6500 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
From the Garrett Collection, bought in 1925
Lot 178
SASANIAN KINGS. Peroz I, 457/9-484. Dinar (Gold, 20 mm, 4.09 g, 3 h), NB or NY (unlocated mint). Degraded legend Crowned and cuirassed bust of Peroz I to right, ribbons rising from shoulders. Rev. "Peroz" (in crude Pahlavi) and mint signature Fire altar with attendants and ribbon; star and crescent flanking flames. Alram 883. Göbl III/1. De Morgan p. 705, 172 and pl. LXIII, 3 (this coin). Paruck 344 var (legends). Clear, sharp and toned. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 8500 CHF
Estimate: 6000 CHF
Lot 179
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Vasishka, circa 240-250. Dinar (Gold, 22 mm, 7.85 g, 12 h), mint E. Vasishka, nimbate, standing facing, head turned left, flames on shoulder, holding a standard in his left hand and sacrificing over an altar to left with his right; to left, trident with ribbon; to the right, two symbols. Rev. Ithyphallic Siva standing facing, holding a garland or diadem and trident; behind, the bull Nandi standing to left; in the upper left field, tamgha. Donum Burns 714-5. MK 630. Attractive and clear. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 180
KUSHANO-SASANIANS. Hormizd I, circa 265-295. Dinar (Gold, 30 mm, 7.92 g, 11 h), Boxlo (Bakh). Ohromozoo Ooz orko Koshono Shohshoo Hormizd standing left, wearing military dress and a lion's head crown with korymbos, and, with his right hand, sacrificing over altar to left and, with his left, holding trident; to left, trident standard and pellet to right of altar; between legs, pellet over swastika; to right, below arm, three pellets; outer right, tamgha. Rev. Oor zooamao ozoooo Siva standing facing on ground line, holding diadem in his outstretched right hand and trident in his left; behind him, the bull Nandi standing left. Cf. Carter 27 (control above tamgha). Cf. Cribb 3 (control above tamgha). Cf. MK 745 (control above tamgha). Well-centered. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Extremely rare and most attractive
Lot 181
KUSHANO-SASANIANS. Hormizd I, circa 265-295. 1/4 Dinar (Gold, 21 mm, 1.88 g, 11 h), Boxlo (Bakh). Ohromozoo Ooz orko Koshono Shohshoo Hormizd standing left, wearing military dress and a lion's head crown with korymbos, and, with his right hand, sacrificing over altar to left and, with his left, holding trident; to left, trident standard and pellet to right of altar; between legs, pellet over swastika; to right, below arm, three pellets; outer right, tamgha. Rev. Oor zooamao ozoooo Siva standing facing on ground line, holding diadem in his outstretched right hand and trident in his left; behind him, the bull Nandi standing left. Donum Burns 826. MK 746. Extremely rare and most attractive. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6500 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
The golden age of Tabaristan
Lot 313
TABARISTAN. 'Abbasid governors. Rawh b. Hatim, AH 146-148 / AD 763-773. Hemidrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 2.01 g, 12 h), Tabaristan mint, struck under the governor Rawh b. Hātim, naming the Abbasid heir Al-Mahdī Muhammad, dated AH 146 (= AD 763/4). al-Mahdī Muhammad - ibn amīr al-mu'minīn (in Kufic) Sasanian-style bust to right, wearing winged crown; star in the shape of a pellet behind crown; in the 2nd quarter margin, 'pd (Pahlavi). Rev. bi-Tabaristān sannattsitt wa arba 'īn wa mi'a - mimmā amara bihi Rawh b. Hātim (mint and date in Kufic) Sasanian-style fire altar flanked by two attendants; to left and right of flames, stars in the shape of pellets. Malek 53. Morton & Eden 82, 2016, 9. Extremely rare, with excellent centering and wide margins. A historical issue. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Extremely rare and unusually well struck
Lot 314
GREATER TABARISTAN. 'Abbasid governors, Time of Al-Mahdi, AH 158-169 / AD 775-785. Hemidrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 1.88 g, 6 h), struck under the governor, Nusayr (or Sa'ad), Al-Rayy, PYE 133 / AH 168 (= AD 784/5). GDH 'pzwz (may his splendor increase) nsyl (Nusayr) to the left; on the margins: 'pd (excellent) to right and nwk' (good) to left Tabaristan-style bust to right, wearing winged crown and breast ornament decorated with four pellets; pellets flanking crown. Rev. b al ry snt /thamān wa sittīn wa mi'a (mint and struck date in Arabic) Sasanian-style fire altar flanked by two attendants; crescents flanking flames. Album L73. Cf. Malek 212 (star and crescent flanking flames). Extremely rare. Clear and well-struck. About extremely fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 315
TABARISTAN. 'Abbasid governors. AH 170-193 / AD 786-809. Hemidrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 1.50 g, 2 h), under the governor Mihrān, PYE 135 / AH 170 (= AD 786/7) A. GDH 'pzwz (may his splendor increase) mhrān (Governor's name) to the left; on the margins: 'pd (excellent) to right and nywk' (good) to left. Sasanian-style bust to right, wearing winged crown; stars flanking crown and breast ornament decorated with star and three pellets. Rev. Date on the left - Tpwlst'n (Tabaristan) on the left field Sasanian-style fire altar flanked by two attendants; pellet and star flanking flames. Album 62. Malek 92.4. Rare type. Mihrān is only known from coins struck for this year. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Very rare Hemidrachm of Ma'add
Lot 316
TABARISTAN. 'Abbasid governors. Period of al-Rashid, AH 170-193 / AD 786-809. Hemidrachm (Silver, 22.5 mm, 1.92 g, 11 h), under the governor Ma'add, PYE 138 / AH 173 (= AD 789/90). GDH 'pzwz (may his splendor increase) M'd (Ma'add) to the left; on the margins: 'pd (excellent) to right and nwk' (good) to left. Sasanian-style bust to right, wearing winged crown; pellets flanking crown. Rev. Date on the left - Tpwlst'n (Tabaristan) on the left field. Sasanian-style fire altar flanked by two attendants; stars flanking flames. In the outer margin, alternating triple pellets and star-in-crescents. Album 66. Malek 108.7. Very rare! Ma'add's name only appears on coins struck in this year. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 480 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
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