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

Sunrise # 902 (this coin), SNS Type Ib2/1a, Gobl Type I/1, Superb Extremely Fine

Mint: KA.


The abbreviation KA has been assigned to be various mint centers within the empire. The Sunrise Collection interprets KA as representing KALCY or KARZI. The name of the mint thus appears as the first two letters on the left of the flame and the remaining letters on the body of the fire altar. The combination of all letters read as “KALCY [DY]. This abbreviation may refer to the mint center named Karian in the modern-day province of Fars (ancient Persis) in Iran which housed one of the most important fire temples of the empire, close to the ancestral and spiritual capital of the dynasty. Important fire temples such is Karian and Shiz also housed valuable treasures.