ARAB-SASANIAN, YAZDIGERD III TYPE. Drachm, NAR (Narmashir), YE 20 (=31h). Obverse In first quadrant of margin: Arabic jayyid; in fourth quadrant: Pahlawi gw. Weight: 2.09g . Reference Malek p. 191, citing a single specimen of this variety (in the Warden-Album collection). Evenly clipped, about very fine and excessively rare. These rare drachms with jayyid in the obverse margin are commonly regarded as the earliest Sasanian-style silver coins to carry an Arabic legend. They predate the much more common types with bismillah in place of jayyid which were struck for some decades afterwards. It is exceptional for the word jayyid to be positioned in the first quadrant of the obverse margin and for the second quadrant to be plain. This arrangement presumably represents a very short-lived experimental type, which was almost immediately abandoned in favour of a pattern closer to that found on earlier Sasanian issues.
Estimate: GBP 1000 - 1500