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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-S0241
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Valkash; Aspahan
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Isfahan
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  484-488
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.75
Weight (g):  3.46
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 5400, Sotheby, 5th December 1966.
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Description:  Obverse: Valkash, 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, flames upon r.shoulder; crown, with pellet band, mural elements, topped with upturned crescent with fireball within; single pellet band at neckline, double pellet lines extending from shoulder to sternum, where they connect to large hollow pellet; double pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, with two steps at base, two steps at top, two ribbons extending down from centre of column; fire atop altar, with bust of the Shah within the flames; five-pointed star to l. of altar, crescent to r. of altar; two attendants, crowned, both facing in toward altar, crowned, arms raised in adoration; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: HWKD VLKHŠ (HUKUD VALKASH/ The fortunate king Valkash). Reverse: VLKA (Valkash) AS (Aspahan)

Bibliography:  SNS 3.1.Obv.1b.Rev.1b.

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Valkash
Sasanian


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Sasanian


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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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