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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-S1037
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Maker:  Khusrau I; Nihavand
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Hamadan Province: Nahavand
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  579
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  3.30
Weight (g):  3.29
Axis (degrees):  90.00
BIRBI-S1037.jpg

Description:  Obverse: Khusrau I facing r. on frontal bust, with hair tied in a bunch over r. shoulder; six-pointed star to l. and r. of crown; crown with double pellet band, mural elements, vertical line extending up connecting to upturned crescent with fireball within, small ribbon extending l. from vertical line; upturned crescent to r. of crown; upturned crescent above r. shoulder; double pellet band at neckline, double pellet band running from shoulder to sternum, two large pellets on breast, upturned crescent with six-pointed star in both shoulders; two ribbons extending upward from behind shoulders; single pellet border; crescent at 90 and 180 degrees. Reverse: Fire altar, narrow-column type, with three steps at base, three steps at top, ribbons extending upwards from centre; fire atop altar, depicted as four rows of three pellets, three pellets, two pellets and one pellet respectively; six-pointed star to l. of fire, upturned crescent to r. of fire; flanking the altar two attendants, wearing crowns, arms lowered to waist, where they clasp a sword/barsom, trousers depicted with chevrons, single ribbon rising upward from neck of each attendant; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: AFZUN (Prosperity) HUSRUI (Khusrau) Reverse: HAFTCHAHR (Forty-Seven) NH (Nihavand)

Bibliography:  Göbl 19.c

Notes:  Fractured and repaired, 180 degrees to 270 degrees of coin missing.

2 Related People

Khusrau I
Sasanian
496
31 January 579
Nihavand
Sasanian


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