SASA-05 Click on image for enlargement.

Sasanian Coins; Iranian. Ardashir II , 379-383 AD, Gold Dinar (7.52 grams; 18.6 mm.), die-axis 3 o'clock.

Obverse: Bust of Ardashir II right, wearing cap with diadem ties and globe with diadem ties. Diadem ties rising from above large ball of hair, tied beard, moustache. Pahlavi script: MAZDISAN BAGI ARTAHSATER MALKAN MALKA AIRAN Mazda-worshipping Lord Ardashir, King of Kings of Iranian. Surrounded by a border of dots.

Reverse: Fire altar with fluted column, diadem ties. Two attendants wearing caps with globe, diadem ties falling from shoulder, holding rod in both hands, facing inword, looking at altar, bust of Ahuramazda facing right in flames above fire altar, Pahlavi script NURA ZI ARTAHSATER Fire of Ardashir. Surrounded by a border of dots.

          This rare type is genuine gold coin of the Imperial mints, solid gold not a filled metal electrotypes / reproductions.