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AR 7, obverse (right) and reverse (left)
AR 7, obverse (right) and reverse (left)

Silver Dirham (Arab Sasanian Type)

AR 7

mint: Basra

dated: 57 AH (676–7 AD)

AR 7, obverse (right) and reverse (left)
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Silver Dirham (Arab Sasanian Type)

AR 7

mint: Basra

dated: 57 AH (676–7 AD)

3.87g; 32mm

Obverse: Sasanian bust facing right; to right downwards, a legend in Pehlevi, awbytala y-zyyatan (‘Ubayd Allah bin Ziyad); to left downwards: afzut/ gdh (‘may kingship increase’); marginal inscription beginning at 4:00, clockwise: bism Allah followed by three points.

Reverse: fire altar flanked by two attendants with the date hftpnja downwards to left and the mint name bjra downwards to right.