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Rare imitative silver drachm from Turkaristan, Silk Road, ca.640-650 AD, imitating a Sassanian Khushru II drachm

Rare imitative silver drachm from Turkaristan, Silk Road, ca.640-650 AD, imitating a Sassanian Khushru II drachm

Bust of Khushru II right, crude inscrptions around / Attendants around a fire altar, crude "ART" (imitating Ardashir Khurra mint). 32.5mm, 3.71 grams. G-212 style.

Early imitation, believed to have been produced in the Tukharistan region within 10 to 20 years after the death of Khusro II in 628 AD. The issues with different mint names occasionally share the same reverse die, suggest that the entire group was produced at a single local mint northeast of the Sasanian territories for use along the Silk Road. The hoard will be published in the ONS Newsletter #207.

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