Yazdgard II AR Drachm, Extremely Fine, 438 - 457 C.E.

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YAZDEGARD II AR SASSANIAN DRACHM, 438 - 457 C.E.

Gobl 147, Extremely Fine, lightly toned, 29.5mm, 4.13 grams

Obverse: Bust of King Yazdgird II crowned right

Reverse: Fire altar flanked by attendants, fluted pillar

SUPERSHARP and ATTRACTIVE portrait. A high quality example!
  
Yazdegard II persecuted both Christians and his Jewish citizens. R' Sherira Gaon states that he decreed to annul the Sabbath and when the sages prayed for mercy and a "snake" swallowed him. Commentators write that the "snake" is an allusion to a conspircacy which resulted in his assassination
 
Sassania is the land of Bavel where the Talmud was redacted.