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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-S0580
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Khusrau II; Zarang
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Zaranj
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  596
Metal:  Billon
Diameter (cm):  3.25
Weight (g):  4.01
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 4743. A. H. Baldwin, August 1964.
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Description:  Obverse: Khusrau II, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, with hair tied in bunch over r. shoulder, earring of three pellets in triangle formation; six-pointed star to l. and r. of crown; crown, with double pellet band, with dome above and mural elements, vertical line above dome connecting to upturned crescent, with six-pointed star within, two wings extend from vertical line; upturned crescent r. of crown; upturned crescent above l. and r. shoulder; single pellet line at neckline, with single large pellet in centre, two pellets .. on breast, double pearl pellet line extending from shoulder to sternum, upturned crescent with six-pointed star in both shoulders; ribbons extending from behind shoulders upwards; double pellet border; three crescents with six-pointed star at 90, 180 and 270 degrees. Reverse: Fire altar, hour-glass type, with three steps at base, four steps at top; fire atop altar, depicted as four rows of four pellets, three pellets, two pellets and one pellet respectively; six-pointed star to l. 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; triple pellet border; four crescents with six-pointed star at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: [Symbol for Xvarrah] AFZUT (May his glory increase) HUSRUI (Khusrau) Reverse: SHATA (Six) ZR (Zarang)

Bibliography:  Göbl 19.b

Notes:  Poorly struck, evidence of crumbling die.

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Whitting, Philip David
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