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    Rare High Relief Dinar

    SASANIAN KINGDOM. Shapur (Sabuhr) II (AD 309-379). AV dinar (19mm, 7.31 gm, 3h). Choice AU. Uncertain Eastern mint, ca. AD 320. Draped and diademed bust of Shapur II right, wearing mural crown with korymbos / Fire altar tied with diadems. Göbl type Ia/7. SNS type Ib1/2a and pl. 19, 280. Sunrise 863 (this coin). Very rare! Sharply struck in high relief on a thick, compact planchet and displaying considerable luster.

    The longest-reigning of all Sasanian kings, Shapur II was crowned while still in the womb (courtiers supposedly placed the crown upon his mother's belly) and held power for seven decades. His reign was chiefly occupied by a 30-year war with the Romans that ended with Persia reclaiming all off the lands lost in previous conflicts, and then some. In the east, he pushed the frontier to the border of China and secured his empire through favorable relations with the Hunnic tribes. His long reign rightly can be seen as the Sasanian "Golden Age."


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