Sasanian coin

On display

The first Islamic coins drew upon the traditions of the conquered lands that formed the Islamic caliphate. The earliest examples exhibit a combination of Sasanian features - portraits of emperors, Zoroastrian fire altars and Pahlavi inscriptions - and pious Arabic phrases, or standing figures and columns on four-stepped pedestals surrounded by Arabic, Greek, or Latin inscriptions.


  • Title

    Sasanian coin

  • Associated people

    Khusraw II, King of Persia (ruled AD 590 - 628) (subject)
    Khusraw II, King of Persia (ruled AD 590 - 628) (ruler)
  • Associated place

    Ardashir Khurra (mint)
  • Date

    c. AD 619
  • Material and technique


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  • Denomination


  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    31 mm (diameter)
    4.02 g (weight)
  • Design

    Khusraw II wearing a crown with wings (obverse)

    Two standing attendants by an altar (reverse)

  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Presented by J. G. Milne, 1943.

  • Museum location

    First floor | Gallery 31 | Islamic Middle East
  • Museum department

    Heberden Coin Room

  • Accession no.


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Further reading

Album, Stephen, and Tony Goodwin, Sylloge of Islamic Coins in the Ashmolean: The Pre-Reform Coinage of the Early Islamic Period, Volume 1, Sylloge of Islamic coins in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2002)

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