Coins of Kosrau I

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 19 October 2016

These coins show the Sassanian "King of Kings" Kosrau I (aka Khosrow I), reigned 531-579 CE. He wears and holds a royal headband (diadem) as a symbol of kingship. Elements of earlier coins, such as the star and moon, are also incorporated and emphasize the "Kingly Glory" (Persian: Faar).
Upper image: gold dinar coin, mint unknown, circa 531 CE.
Lower image: Silver drachm coin, from Darabgerd, Southern Iran, circa 537 CE. Donated by Richard Folkiner.
The British Museum, London.

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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