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Mint Identification On Khusro II Drachms, NH Or Wh?

 
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 Posted 09/27/2020  1:40 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add mohammadaak to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This is a little confusing. Both of these seem to be WH, but is NH (Nihavand) not possible as well? It would look identical in pahlavi.

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 Posted 09/27/2020  4:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would have both coins down as WH-Veh-Ardashir.

As far as I know I don't think NH stands for Nihavand? I've not seen one?
I'm interested where your getting a NH reference from though?
I've only seen Nihavand shown as NYH/NI/NY.....

https://www.vcoins.com/es/stores/pa...Default.aspx

And on Peroz coins as NI?

https://www.vcoins.com/es/stores/n_...Default.aspx


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 Posted 09/27/2020  4:31 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Second one is WH, the first one looks like WYH to me.
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 Posted 09/28/2020  01:39 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mohammadaak to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I'm interested where your getting a NH reference from though?

See the attached image. It's from a book on Arab Sasanian dirhams imitative issues. Maybe that's my error thinking this would apply even to official Sasanian issues. The book is in Arabic and the translation of the title is Islamic dirham of Sasanio Type, author is Nasir Al-Naqshabandi, Iraqi author.




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Second one is WH, the first one looks like WYH to me.

Do they not look identical?
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 Posted 09/28/2020  04:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@mohammadaak...Thanks for the reference, very interesting!
I've been searching for quite while but I still haven't found NH on an official coin as I said before.

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Do they not look identical?

In my opinion yes....The first coin has a slight striking issue on the initial W but imo both are WH.


If these were mine I'd have them tagged as..
Coin 1...Mint WH....Regional year 2
Coin 2...Mint WH....Regional year 9

Must say you've got a very nice collection.....Paul
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 Posted 09/28/2020  04:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kushanshah to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm by no means an expert on Sasanian coins but I would like to note that there are significant disagreements in the published literature with regard to both the reading of mint abbreviations and their assignment to one mint city or another. There is much work yet to be done.
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 Posted 09/28/2020  04:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Completely agree KS.....Collectors of Sassanian coinage, myself included, work within preset references.

This mint is a prime example...
All the main references attribute these 2 letter syles as WH.....All WH referenced coins could well be NH but this pairing of letters doesn't seem to be recognised as an official mint 'yet'.......Paul

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Thank you both. That does seem to be the case on the disagreements on mints, which is frustrating for collectors to say the least.
I have looked up auction records and it appears that NH is associated with Nihawand mostly when it comes to Arab-Sasanian issues, but that is still strange, why would WH not be associated anymore. The Arabs did capture both Nihawand and Veh-Ardashir within a time-line of 6 years only. Historical sources seem to suggest that Veh-Ardashir went into decline long before the Arab conquest, which could suggest it was abandoned after the Arab conquest, but then that would be a problem for the WH mint allocation, since it remained on Islamic issues long after the conquest.
Even with that, some Islamic auction houses do list WH for Arab-Sasanian issues rather than NH, most notably Stephen Album.
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 Posted 09/28/2020  06:26 am  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm seeing two L shape marks on the first coin, which would read WYH.
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 Posted 09/28/2020  08:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here's a WYH and WH......
The Y should be a reverse L shape and is usually linked closer to the H...


On the OP coin I'm reading the central light colour as the letter form and the darker L's as shadow....But I could be wrong of course.
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