Indo Sassanian die match extravaganza!

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Finn235, Mar 5, 2021.

  1. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    As some of you know, I have been quietly soaking up a moderately large hoard of very early Indo Sassanian drachms over the past year. I believe the hoard has finally been exhausted, and I received what will likely be my last piece of it in the mail yesterday

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    This one in particular is noteworthy not only because of its remarkable state of preservation, but because it is a double die match to *three* others in the hoard!

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    (I'm unsure whether this is the same die, possibly with the lips re-worked, or simply a new obverse engraved by the same hand)
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    Flipping through my copy of Imitations in Continuity, I also found that all three are a die match to number 88

    But, to my even greater surprise, the same reverse die was used for this one, confirmed by the die break on the fire altar flames, and distinctive "sprinkle donut" sun
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    Which further links these to the same mint and timeframe, via a shared obverse die!
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    Sadly the context of the hoard has been lost, but this discovery is at least a small piece of the larger puzzle, and has some significant implications for the timing of this much more common series, which shares some stylistic similarities with the newest arrival
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  3. Claudius_Gothicus

    Claudius_Gothicus Well-Known Member

    Very nice writeup @Finn235! I must admit I know next to nothing about these coins, and yet I still really enjoyed reading your thread. It's always nice to see a fellow coin collector discover something new and important for his specialization.
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