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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-S0119
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Varhran IV
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  388-399
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.40
Weight (g):  4.23
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 5966, A. H. Baldwin, 20th June 1968.
BIRBI-S0119.jpg

Description:  Obverse: Varhran IV, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, hair tied in bunch over l, shoulder, earring; crown, with single pellet band, mural elements, wings extending from crown to l. field, korymbos above crown; pellet band at neckline; single pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, with two steps at base, two steps at top, with altar slab above steps, two ribbons extending down from altar column; atop altar bust of Shah; attendants flank the altar, crowned, holding swords/barsom; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MAZDAYASN WARHRAN ATUR (Mazda-worshipping Varhran, Fire) Reverse: VRH ARN (Varhran) RAST (Truth)

Bibliography:  SNS 3.1.Obv.Ib1.Rev.2a.

2 Related People

Varhran IV
Sasanian

399
Whitting_Phillip-T.jpg
Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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