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    Exceptional Peroz Dinar

    SASANIAN KINGDOM. Peroz I (AD 457/9-484). AV light dinar (19mm, 3h). ANACS AU 50. BBA (court mint), dated Year 16 (?). Crowned bust of Peroz right; crown with two wings, frontal crescent, and korymbos set on crescent; ribbon over each shoulder / Fire altar with ribbons; flanked by two attendants, star and crescent flanking flames, Year 16 (?) (Pahlavi, date) to left, BBA (Pahlavi, mint) to right. SNS type IIib/1c (A21/A23). Sunrise 940.

    The coin at hand displays exceptionally fine style and a superior level of execution for the type, which often appears basic and blundered, making the 'date' on this particular piece somewhat clearer than on most of Peroz's gold. It appears to be an attempt at Year 16 (ca. AD 473/4), though Goebl notes on p. 23 that while the dating of Sasanian coins commenced under Peroz's reign with his first and second crown types, "the bulk of his remaining issues until his 25th year remain undated." He continues by adding, on p. 27, that "under the reign of Peroz the gold minting policy is quite hazy, for the weight of his dinars dropped to a mere 3.5g", leaving the question of dating on his later gold issues somewhat ambiguous. Regardless, whether or not the blundered word on the reverse indicates a date, it goes without saying that for the general rarity of Peroz's dinars, the present coin represents a truly elite example, particularly when compared to its counterparts that have come to auction.

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    January, 2020
    12th-13th Sunday-Monday
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