They are occasionally derived from common 2-4-gram silver or billon drachms
circulating throughout the Peshawar and Kabul valleys, or feature entirely novel portraiture or iconography with little or no resemblance to commonly circulating coins of the period.
Tetradrachms are about nine to ten grams in weight, as if they have four drachms
inside, which were the smallest coins in that time, Pieta explains.It is highly probable that they are minted from silver originating from a Carpathian (Slovak) deposit.
Right up to the Buddhist period, when Lahore was a pure Buddhist city, the silver drachms
was used with Greek markings.
The Sogdian contract from Turfan for the purchase of a slave girl in the year 629 specifies payment in "120 drachms
of very pure Persian struck [coins]." (197) Quite a few specimens of Sasanian coinage that somehow survived melting down for their precious metal are known from East Asia.
Starting with a discussion on the smallest examples of art, the design of coins, Sadeq illustrated how the coinage, known as drachms
, of the vast Persian Sassanid empire of the 3rd to 7th centuries AD, often depicted elaborately dressed rulers on one side of the coin with a Zoroastrian fire altar on the reverse.
At other times, the following units were used: lines, ounces, drachms
, inches, etc.