SASANIAN KINGS. Ardashir I. AD. 223/4-240. Silver Drachm (4.24 gm; 24 mm). Mint C (“Ctesiphon”), phase 3, ca. AD 233/4-238/9. Bust of Ardashir I right, wearing diadem (type G) and close-fitting headdress with korymbos and no earflaps / Fire altar (flames 3) with diadems (type G), pellet to left of altar shaft. SNS type IIIa(4a)/3a(2b), pl. 10, 153; Göbl type III/2/2; cf Paruck 42; Saeedi 49; Sunrise 714(this coin). Boldly struck, lightly toned. Choice Superb EF.
Ardashir I or Ardeshir I (Ardashir-e Bābakān), also known as Ardashir the Unifier (180–242 AD), was the founder of the Sasanian Empire. He was the ruler of Estakhr since 206, subsequently Pars Province since 222, and finally "King of Kings of Sasanian Empire" in 224 with the overthrow of the Parthian Empire, ruling the Sasanian Empire until his death in 242.