Ardashir’s Eastern Campaign and the Numismatic Evidence


in After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam

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Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263846
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734113 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Ardashir’s Eastern Campaign and the Numismatic Evidence

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This chapter examines the eastern campaign of Ardashir as the king of Fars based on numismatic evidence. Ardashir's coinage can be easily divided into three major phases according to its images and legends. The first phase is represented by a single type of coin minted in series, the second phase involved Ardashir's first minting phase of king of kings, and the third is marked by the introduction of a new coin type on the obverse showing Ardashir with a covered hairstyle. The metal analysis of four coins of Farn-Sasan has shown that their chemical composition is quite similar to those of the throne-successor coins.

Keywords: Ardashir; eastern campaign; numismatic evidence; minting; coins; Farn-Sasan

Chapter.  7036 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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