TEHRAN – Iranian authorities have seized 290 ancient pieces from a gang of antique dealers in Kermanshah, western Iran.
In this regard, the forces in charge of protecting cultural heritage, under the guise of buyers, reached an agreement with the gang, according to the report.
The police operation led to the seizure of 290 pieces, believed to date from the Sassanid era (224 CE-651), as well as a metal detector.
In addition, four suspects were arrested for further investigation and tried on charges of illegal excavations and conservation of historical relics.
Around AD 220, the Sassanid dynasty of Iran introduced the concept of thin blank pieces, emissions embossed on both sides. In order not to produce intolerable stresses in the dies, since the thinner the material the greater the force required to make it flow into the recesses of the die design, the depth of the relief on these parts was necessarily much more weak than with the previous currency. Such techniques spread via Byzantium to northern Europe, where Emperor Charlemagne minted thin flan deniers (small silver coins), or pennies, which became characteristic of his own kingdom and neighboring kingdoms.
In many ways, Iran under Sassanid rule has witnessed immense achievements of Persian civilization. Experts say the nation’s art and architecture experienced a general revival during Sassanid rule. By this time, crafts such as metalworking and engraving precious stones became very sophisticated, as scholarship was encouraged by the state; many works from the east and west have been translated into pahlavi, the official language of the Sassanids.