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ID number:  BIRBI-S0234
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Peroz I; Veh Artashir
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Seleucia
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  459-484
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.70
Weight (g):  4.16
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 2628.

Description:  Obverse: Peroz I, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, hair tied in bunch over l. shoulder, earring of three pellets in triangle formation; ribbon extending upwards from behind l. shoulder; second crown, with pellet band, mural elements, crescent at front, topped with upturned crescent with fireball within, two wings extending outwards from crown; 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, with three 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; five-pointed star to l. of altar, crescent to r. of altar; two attendants, both facing in toward altar, crowned, arms raised in adoration; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MZDYSN KDI PIROCH (Mazdayasn Kadi Piroch/ Mazda worshipping fortunate Peroz). Reverse: PIROCHI (The Victor) VH (Veh Artashir)

Bibliography:  SNS 3.1.Obv.IIIb.Rev.1c.

3 Related People

Veh Artashir

Peroz I

Whitting, Philip David
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