Yazdgird (Yazdgard) I, Sasanian King AD 399-420

Sunrise # 908, SNS Type Ia1/1a Var, Gobl Type I/1, Loginov and Nikitin # 3, Very Fine

Mint: Marv (also written as Merv).


This exceptionally rare gold dinar of Yazdgird I incorporates the traditional canons of the Sasanian system of coinage. On the reverse of Yazdgird’s coins, various symbols, writtings and mint abbreviations are found. On this coin there is a crescent moon to the left of the flame and another symbol which is more than likely an abstraction of an open hand. The ‘open hand’ symbol or a hand holding a flower appear on the copper coins and on seals from the Sasanian era.