EGYPT, Sasanian (Persian) Occupation, AD 619-628, AE 12 Nummi, Alexandria. Khusru II.

Ancient Coins - EGYPT, Sasanian (Persian) Occupation, AD 619-628, AE 12 Nummi, Alexandria. Khusru II.
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Sasanian Empire, temp. Khusru II, AD 591-628, AE 12 nummi (18mm, 5.35gm, 6h), Alexandria, struck c. 619-628. No legend. Bust of Khusru II facing, wearing crown with cross and pendilia; star left; crescent right. R: I-B either side of globus cruciger; in exergue, AΛEZ. BMC I, p. 224, 281; SB 855. Good Fine, green and earthen patina. Scarce.
 
Byzantine-style coinage was struck in Alexandria under Khusru II, during the Sasanian occupation of Egypt, c. AD 618 - 628. The star (sun) and crescent (moon), also found on contemporary Sasanian coinage, replaced the obverse legend. It may seem strange that a Persian king would wear a crown surmounted by a cross. However, his wife, Sira, was a Christian and Khusru was a benefactor of the church of St. Sergius in Edessa. He honored the Virgin; and sometimes wore a robe received as a gift from the Emperor Maurice Tiberius, which was embroidered with a cross (Grierson, DOC II, part 1, pp. 233f).
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