Tabaristan (NGC graded)

Among the most exotic coins available from Rosland are these 8th Century Half-Drachm silver coins from Tabaristan, on the southern coast of the Caspian Sea.


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Tabaristan’s wealth came from the Silk Road, which for thousands of years ran from China to the Mediterranean, supplying the West with porcelains, gems, spices and, of course, silk.

The coins in this hoard date from around 740 to 793 AD and include specimens struck under Haroun al-Rashid, the Caliph known to us from the stories of the 1001 Arabian Nights.

The obverse of these coins features the ruler, while the reverse shows two attendants alongside a fire altar, as the Isphabad dynasty of Tabaristan worshipped a god whose symbol was fire. These Half-Drachm coins are minted from near-pure silver and each weigh around 1.97 grams. They have been assessed, graded and encapsulated for protection by leading grading professionals NGC.

The size and color reproduction of the coins shown do not correspond to the actual coins.