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ID number:  BIRBI-S0907
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Yazdgird III; Zamm?; Kerman?
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Kerman province: Kerman
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  651
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  3.35
Weight (g):  4.10
Axis (degrees):  270.00
Provenance:  Whitting 2652.

Description:  Obverse: Yazdgard III facing r. on frontal bust, with hair tied in a bunch over r. shoulder, earring of two pellets; 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 six-pointed star within, wings extending from larger 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, three large pellets on breast, upturned crescent with six-pointed star in both shoulders; two ribbons extending upward from behind shoulders; single pellet border; crescent with six-pointed star at 90, 180 and 270 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; double pellet border; crescent with six-pointed star at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: [Symbol for Xvarrah] AFZUT (May his glory increase) YAZKURT (Yazdgard) Reverse: VISTI (Twenty) ZM (Zamm or Kirman)

Bibliography:  Göbl 29.a

Notes:  Countermark of three pellets in triangle formation on reverse, r. of upturned crescent at 0 degrees.

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Yazdgird III

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