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ID number:  BIRBI-S0067
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:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.50
Weight (g):  3.67
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 4681, Glendining, 14th April 1964.
BIRBI-S0067.jpg

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 flanked with two standing attendants, two steps at bottom, two steps at top, with altar slab; fire atop altar, headless bust of figure within the flames; attendants, crowned, hold swords/barsom; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MZDYSN BGI AHRMAZDY MLKA MLKAN AYRAN (MAZDAYASNA BAGI AHURAMAZDY MALKAN MALKA AYRAN/Mazda-worshipping divine Hormazd, King of Kings of Iran) Reverse: NURA AHURAMAZD (Fire of Hormazd)

Bibliography:  SNS 2.Obv.Ia.Rev.4a.

Notes:  Bust of figure within the flames seems incomplete, only shoulders are engraved.

2 Related People

Hormazd II
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