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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-S0072
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Hormazd II
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  302-309
Metal:  Base Metal
Diameter (cm):  1.95
Weight (g):  2.28
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 4137, Seaby, 16th September 1963.
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Description:  Obverse: Bust of Hormazd II, bearded, with diadem falcon-headed crown, with pellet in beak, above this a korymbos, with diadem bands, hair in bunch over l. shoulder, single pellet band at neckline, single pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, with single step at base, trapezoidal altar slab, ribbons extending down from altar shaft, with head and chest of figure (Shah) at top, holding ribboned diadem in r. hand and spear in l. hand; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MAZD AHRMAZDY (MAZDA AHURAMAZDY/Mazda[-worshipping] Hormazd) Reverse: NURA AHURAMAZDY (Fire of Hormazd)

Bibliography:  Apparent unpublished type.

2 Related People

Hormazd II
Sasanian

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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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