A Unique Drachm Coin of Shapur I


IRANIAN STUDIES, vol.50, no.3, pp.331-344, 2017 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00210862.2017.1303329
  • Journal Name: IRANIAN STUDIES
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.331-344
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: No


The Sasanian king Shapur I held a ten year series of campaigns against the Roman Empire. Returning to Iran after these campaigns, in order to immortalize his victories he built a series of reliefs and gave broad information in his famous work, Ka'be-ye Zardosht. However, the term he used to define himself in these articles, King of Kings of Iranians and non-Iranians, was not used on coins, which has become a subject of discussion. This work aims to clarify such arguments based on a unique drachm belonging to Shapur I which is present in the Elazig Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography.