temp. ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan, Rashidun Caliph AH 41-60/AD 661-680

Walker 14; A 4, Extremely Fine

DA (Darabjird) mint. Anonymous Arab-Sasanian Khusro II type with Pahlavi legends, Arabic “bism Allah” added in obverse margin; reverse, fire altar with attendants, mint and date. There is some controversy regarding whether the year 30 in this context should be regarded as Hijri or Yazdegard Era. If it is indeed Hijri, then this coin would have been issued during the reign of the Rashidun Caliph ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan (23-35h/ 644-656). If it is year 30 of then Yazdegard Era, then it is equivalent to 41h, falling at the beginning in the reign of the first Umayyad Caliph, Mu’awiya I. (41-60h/ 661-680).


Darabjird, in the province of Fars in southern Iran, was an active Sasanian mint and continued its large output into the early Islamic period.