SHAPUR I AR DRACHM, CIRCA. 244 - 253 C.E.
Gobl I/1, Sunrise 732, Superb Extremely Fine, some extremely light surface scratches, 25.2mm, 4.33 grams
Obverse: Crowned bust of Shapur I to right, inscription around
Reverse: Flaming fire altar between two crowned attendants
Simple the BEST of the BEST and one if the finest we have ever seen. Perfectly struck up in every area, including the difficult portraits of the reverse attendants! Worthy of the finest collection.
Shapur I is the early Sassanian (Bavel) King referred to as Shevor Malka in the Talmud. He was friends with Shmuel the Sage, to the point that Shmuel was nicknamed with the name of the king himself!