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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-S0036
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Shapur I
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  240-270
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.65
Weight (g):  3.45
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 4448.
BIRBI-S0036.jpg

Description:  Obverse: Bust of Shapur I, bearded, with hair over l. shoulder; mural crown, parthian flaps, with korymbos above; single pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, with two steps at base, two steps above, with altar slab above; fire atop altar; altar flanked by attendants, holding spears, crowned, facing away from altar; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MZDYSN BGI ŠHPRY MLKAN MLKA AYRAN MN ČTRY MN YZDN (MAZDAYASNA BAGI SHAPUHRI MALKAN MALKA AYRAN MIN CHITRY MIN YAZDAN/Mazda-worshipping Divine Shapur, King of Kings of Iran, whose seed is from the gods). Reverse: NURA ZI ŠHPUHRY (Fire of Shapur)

Bibliography:  SNS 1.Typ IIc/1d

Notes:  Copper core with silver leaf applied, weight and metal suggest possible contemporary forgery.

2 Related People

Shapur I
Sasanian

270
Whitting_Phillip-T.jpg
Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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