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ID number:  BIRBI-S0186
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Yazdgird II; Veh Artashir
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Seleucia
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  438-457
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.95
Weight (g):  3.73
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 2684, Christie, 27th November 1962.

Description:  Obverse: Yazdgird II, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, hair in bunch, earring; ribbon extending upwards from bunch of hair; crown, with pellet band, mural elements, with line extending vertically to upturned crescent, fireball/pomegranate within crescent; single pellet band at neckline, double pellet lines extending from shoulder to sternum, where they connect to large hollow pellet; single pellet border.

Reverse: Fire altar, thin column, with two steps at base, three steps at top, two ribbons extending down from centre of column; fire atop altar, depicted as four rows of four pellets, three pellets, two pellets and one pellet respectively; two attendants, both facing in toward altar, crowned, holding barsom, robe/kushti depicted with diagonal lines; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MALKAN KDI YZDKRTI (Malkan Kadi Yazdakirti/ King fortunate Yazdagird).

Reverse: VH (Veh Artashir)

Bibliography:  SNS 3.1/p.379.38

3 Related People

Whitting, Philip David
Yazdgird II

Veh Artashir

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