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E-auction 257-179747 - bgr_413010 - SASANIAN - SASANIAN KINGDOM - KAVADH I Drachme

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Estimate : 175 €
Price : 77 €
Maximum bid : 80 €
End of the sale : 19 March 2018 14:03:00
bidders : 6 bidders
Type : Drachme
Date: an 20 (508) (Yajvist)
Mint name / Town : Adubadagan (AT) Azerbaijan
Metal : silver
Diameter : 28,5 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 4,04 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large et irrégulier. Très beau portrait de haut relief. Revers de style fin. Patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets mordorés
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Obverse legend : LÉGENDE EN PEHLVI.
Obverse description : Buste de Kavad Ier à droite, coiffé de sa couronne entre deux étoiles ; bordure circulaire accostée de trois croissants de lune surmontés d’une étoile .
Obverse translation : (Prospérité de Kavad).


Reverse legend : LÉGENDE EN PEHLVI.
Reverse description : Pyrée (autel du feu) ; les flammes s’élèvent au-dessus de la table, soutenue par un pilier central, des rubans pendent à l’extérieur ; de chaque côté de l’autel, un servant ; l’autel est accosté d’une étoile et d’un croissant.

Historical background


(488-496 and 498-531)

Kavad I is the son of Firuz (Peroz I). He spent two years as a prisoner with the Hephthalite Huns because his father could not pay the ransom after his capture. Peroz was eventually killed by them. Peroz's brother, Valkash succeeded him for four years before being dethroned by his nephew and blinded in 488. Kavad first favored the Mazdak movement which wanted to reform Iranian society. Kavad was driven out in 496 and remained imprisoned for two years in the "Castle of Oblivion" before escaping. With the help of the Huns, he regained power from his brother Zamap (496-498) who had taken his place. During his second reign, he ended up in 529 by eliminating the Mazdekites who were massacred. Khusro (Chosroes I) his son, succeeds him.

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