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ID number:  BIRBI-S0013
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Artashir I
Denomination:  Half-Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  224-242
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  1.90
Weight (g):  1.81
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 4116, A. H. Baldwin, 22nd August 1963.
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Description:  Obverse: Bust of Artashir, facing r., bearded, with Parthian crown and flaps, with korymbos, single pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, with round column, altar slab with pellet band; two lower censors l. and r. of altar; fire atop altar; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MZDYSN BGI ARTHŠTR MLKAN MLKA AYRAN MNY ČTRY MN YZDAN (MAZDAYASNA BAGI ARTHSHTIR MALKAN MALKA AYRAN MINU CHITRY MIN YAZDAN/Mazda-worshipping Divine Artashir, King of Kings of Iran and Aniran, whose seed is from the gods) Reverse: NURA ZI ARTHŠTR (Fire of Artashir)

Bibliography:  SNS 1.Typ IIIa/3e

2 Related People

Artashir I
Sasanian

242
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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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