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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 38, September 19, 2010, Article 18

COIN FOUND IN GERMANY IS SASSANIAN, NOT ARABIC

Several readers commented on the newspaper article about the find of coins in Germany. -Editor

Arabic Coins Found in Germany

Leon Saryan writes:

Judging from the single picture, the find coins were probably Sassanian and not Arabic.

On our Flickr photo archive page Stu Williams of Ireland offered a similar opinion (in German):

Das is nicht Arabishce aber die Münze Sasanidische. Kushru II (c.591 AD).

Doug Mudd, Curator of the American Numismatic Association's Edward C. Rochette Money Museum writes:

The picture with the Arabic Coins Found in Germany is actually Persian – in fact a Sassanid dirhem of Khusro II (or Xusro). It is of the type that had an Arabic legend added to the outside of the obverse circles – but I do not see one here. The rest of the inscription is in Persian using a Persian script.

As for trading ties going back to the 7th century – the ties had existed before, they just became more tenuous after the fall of the western half of the Roman Empire. The Byzantines had contacts, trade and otherwise, with both regions throughout the Mediaeval period.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: ARABIC COINS OF THE MIDDLE AGES FOUND IN GERMANY (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n37a18.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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