Shapur I, Year What?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by TJC, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. TJC

    TJC Well-Known Member

    Just received this Shapur I in mail. The portrait and the price sold me on this one. I also like the reverse. Although poorly struck I like what looks like to me as a half finished recut die job.

    Can someone please help me with the date? I have read some old threads that point to the numiswiki page (below) that shows the dates but I can't make heads or tails of the squiggly lines. I think I have chosen the correct squiggles for close up shots?
    Also, this coin has silvering and shows signs of base metal. I this normal? You can see the base metal mostly at the base of the alter. Coin is 25 mm, 3.87 grams. Dates

    There is more than one set of photos. I couldn't decide which was better; set one or set two and posted both.
    ShapurI425EbayO3.jpg ShapurI425EbayR3.jpg Shapur425EbayD1a.jpg ShapurI425EbayD.jpg ShapurI425EbayO1.jpg ShapurI425EbayRx1.jpg
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  3. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

    Dates on Sasanian coins do not start until the reign of Peroz (457-483), there is no date on your drachm of Shapur I (240-271). The reverse inscription on your coin is: left NURA ZI, right ShAHPUHRI, meaning "fire of Shapur". (Note: I am basing that on the published transliterations, I can make out some of the letters on the reverse clearly but not all of them.)
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  4. TJC

    TJC Well-Known Member

    Thank you Parthicus!:)
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