LON-B2F5CF: Silver drachm of Khosrow II (also know as Khusro II, Chosroes II or Khusraw Parvēz), Sasanian king in Iran, AD 590-628. Mint LAM= Ram Hormuz in southwestern Iran.

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COIN

Unique ID: LON-B2F5CF

Object type certainty: Certain
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Silver drachm of Khosrow II (also known as Khusro II, Chosroes II or Khusraw Parvēz), Sasanian king in Iran, AD 590-628. Mint LAM= Ram Hormuz in southwestern Iran.

Obverse: Crowned bust of Khosrow II facing right, Zoroastrian astrological symbols: stars and crescents around perimeter.

Reverse: Holy fire-altar flanked by two attendants, monograms/ Zoroastrian astrological symbols.

Similar drachms on the database are LVPL2174 and LEIC-BF6164.

Gareth Williams pers com "It's not impossible that such a coin could have reached England in Viking hands. There was a Byzantine coin of comparable date in the Cuerdale hoard, and Sasanian and Arab-Sasanian coins do turn up in Viking hoards in Scandinavia, although in very small numbers compared with later Islamic dirhams." he continues "There are two other possibilities. One is that it is a much later deposition, possibly a souvenir brought back from the Middle East. This has been argued to be the case with a number of Byzantine bronze coins of comparable date found in unlikely places around Britain, and particularly from some areas linked with military service overseas in the 20th century. However, it is now recognised that there are increasing numbers of genuine finds of Byzantine bronze coins from Britain, and I have noted a resurgence of imported coins (particularly gold but some silver) in Britain in the sixth and early seventh centuries, culminating around the time of this coin."

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Donated to a museum

Chronology

Broad period: BYZANTINE
Period from: BYZANTINE
Period to: BYZANTINE
Date from: Circa AD 590
Date to: Circa AD 628

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 3.69 g
Diameter: 30.8 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Stuart Wyatt
Identified by: Mr Stuart Wyatt
Secondary identifier: Vesta Curtis

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Obverse description: Crowned bust of Khosrow II facing right, zoroastrian astrological symbols: stars and crescents around perimeter.
Reverse description: Holy fire-altar flanked by two attendants, monograms/ zoroastrian astrological symbols.
Die axis measurement: 3 o'clock
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Wandsworth (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Thamesfield (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ2375
Four figure Latitude: 51.4606202
Four figure longitude: -0.23089644
1:25K map: TQ2375
1:10K map: TQ27NW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

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