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ID number:  BIRBI-S0100
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Artashir II
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  379-383
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.75
Weight (g):  3.82
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 4704, Seaby, 25th May 1964.
BIRBI-S0100.jpg

Description:  Obverse: Artashir II, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, hair tied in bunch over l. shoulder, earring; crown with single pellet band, korymbos above crown; single pellet band at neckline; single pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, with two steps at bottom, two steps at top, with altar slab; fire atop altar, with five tongues of flame; to l. and r. of altar attendants, crowned, holding swords/barsom; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MZDYSN BGI ARTHŠTR MLKAN MLKA AYRAN Y AN (MAZDAYASNA BAGI ARTHASHTIR MALKAN MALKA AYRAN I ANAYRAN/Mazda-worshipping divine Artashir, King of Kings of Iran and Aniran). Reverse: ARTŠTIR (Artashir)

Bibliography:  SNS 3.1.Obv.Ib.Rev.1a.

Notes:  Chipped at 180 degrees on obverse.

2 Related People

Artashir II
Sasanian

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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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