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ID number:  BIRBI-S0019
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Artashir I
Denomination:  Tetradrachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  224-242
Metal:  Billon
Diameter (cm):  2.80
Weight (g):  13.13
Axis (degrees):  270.00
Provenance:  Whitting 6109, A. H. Baldwin, 14th July 1968.
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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 RTŠTRA MLKAN MLKA (MAZDAYASNA RTSHATRA MALKAN MALKA/Mazda-worshipping Artashir(name in retrograde), King of Kings) Reverse: NURA ZI ARTHŠTR (Fire of Artashir)

Bibliography:  SNS 1.Typ IIh/3a

2 Related People

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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
Artashir I
Sasanian

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