Sylloge Nummorum Sasanidarum 3
Schindel, N. Sylloge Nummorum Sasanidarum 3. Shapur II. – Kawad I. 2004. Large quarto. 1022 pages, numerous b/w illustrations. Casebound.
The third volume of Sylloge Nummorum Sasanidarum, Paris–Berlin–Vienna, covers the period from Shapur II (309–379) to the 2nd reign of Kawad I (499-531). This period is of great importance for Sasanian numismatics since the general use of mint signatures was introduced during the course of the 5th century.
This facilitates deeper insights than before into Sasanian administrative and economic history. The 5th century was also decisive for the monetary system of the Late Sasanian Empire in terms of typology and denominations.
An introductory section presents the results obtained from analysis of the coins of the 13 kings covered in this volume. An article by S. Stanek and R. Linke deals with metal analyses.
Chapters dealing with numismatic questions are dedicated to each king individually, with special emphasis on style and mint locations.
These numismatic articles are accompanied by brief historical surveys. English and French summaries round off the volume. The catalogue contains approximately 1,500 coins from Paris, Berlin and Vienna as well as around 500 additional photographs. As in volume 1, depictions of rock reliefs, silver bowls, seals and the like have also been included in order to present and discuss the coins within the wider context of other primary sources relating to Sasanian history.