Coin of Shapur I - 241 - 272 CE

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Sasanian governance was characterized by tight, calculated bureaucracy. In the realm of coinage, they were able to mint highly standardized money for over four centuries. This silver drachm, produced under the reign of Bahram I (r. 242 - 270), presents the Sasanian archetype.

On the obverse is the likeness of the king, adorned with a rich crown. Each king wore a unique crown adorned with animal or astral symbols and a magnificent orb. The reverse almost always features the sacred Zoroastrian flame flanked by spear-bearing warriors. The titulature is written in Pahlavi.