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Appendix: The Sasanian coin from Qūmis

  • A. D. H. Bivar

The coin is a drachma of the Sasanian king Hormizd IV (a.d. 579–590), and is dated the tenth regnal year, equivalent to a.d. 587/8. Its formal description may be given as follows:

Obverse. Bust of Hormizd IV to right. To left, from 11 o'clock, Pahlavī inscription: ’pzwr “increase”. To right, from 1 o'clock (reading from the outside): ’wḥlmzdy “Hormizd”.

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1 Leroy Waterman, Second preliminary report upon the excavations at Tel Umar, Iraq, Ann Arbor, 1933, 41–2 (a reference I owe to Professor Mary Boyce); SirStein, Aurel, “An archaeological tour in the ancient Persis”, Iraq, III, 1936, 158 (also Geog. J., LXXXVI, 6, December 1935, 494).

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  • ISSN: 1356-1863
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