Why add this Silk Road Hoard Silver Hemidrachm to your collection?
The Silk Road was a 7,000 mile network of trade routes used by merchants to transport a wide variety of luxury goods between China, the West, Africa, and the Middle East, including items such as precious metals, spices, ivory, and of course, silk. The Kingdon of Tabaristan, established along the Caspian Sea's southern shore (currently Northern Iran), was conveniently located along the main branch of the Silk Road, in perfect position to supply travelers with meat, wool, grain and silver.
What is the design of the coin derived from?
Tabaristan was one of the last areas of Persia to fall to Muslim conquest, but remained mostly independent. Coinage design continued to be inspired by coins from the preceding Sassanian Empire. The reverse depicts a Sassanian style fire altar with two attendants, symbolizing the use of fire and ash in ritual purification ceremonies. The obverse depicts a diamond shape shielding a bust with a winged headdress.
How is this ancient coin graded?
This Diamond Bust and Fire Altar Silver Hemidrachm, struck in Tabaristan, AD 787-789, is graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) to be Mint State, which is a comparable Sheldon Scale equivalent of 60-62. Preserved in an NGC holder, the coin presents a good strike with several minting marks or hairlines.
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|Year of Issue:||780-793|
The Silk Road stands in history as one of the longest and most successful trade routes. The luxury items it conveyed from the Far East to Constantinople and other Major Mediterranean destinations often were paid for with precious silver coins. One of these coins, a Silver Hemidrachm of Tabaristan, is available for you to buy at ModernCoinMart right now!
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