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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-S0089
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Shapur II
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  309-379
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.85
Weight (g):  4.15
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 3489.
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Description:  Obverse: Shapur II, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, hair tied in bunch over l. shoulder, earring; crown with single pellet band, mural elements, korymbos above crown; single pellet band at neckline; single pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, with two steps at bottom, two steps at top, with altar slab, symbol of fravahar within altar column; fire atop altar; to l. and r. of altar attendants, crowned, holding swords/barsom; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MZDYSN BGI ŠHPHRI MLKAN MLKA AYRAN I ANAYRAN (MAZDAYASNA BAGI SHAPURI MALKAN MALKA AYRAN I ANAYRAN/Mazda-worshipping divine Shapur King of Kings of Iran and Aniran). Reverse: NURA SHAPURI (Fire of Shapur)

Bibliography:  SNS 3.1.Obv.Ib1.Rev.1b.

2 Related People

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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
Shapur II
Sasanian
309
379
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