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ID number:  BIRBI-S0509
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Vistahm; Rayy
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Tehran
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  594
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  3.30
Weight (g):  4.15
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 8228. From Richard Williams, July 1982.
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Description:  Obverse: Vistahm, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, long hair, with earring of three pellets in triangle; six-pointed star to l. and r. of crown; two bands of peals at base of crown with mural elements, and dome within these elements, vertical line from top of crown, with ribbon flowing l. on line; upturned crescent r. of crown; two upturned crescents above shoulders; two bands of peals at neck, with three larger pellets in triangle shape on breast, double pearl strings extending from shoulders to sternum; two large ribbons extend from behind bust to border, then upwards; single pellet border; four crescents with three pellets in triangle form at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees. Reverse: Fire altar, hour-glass type, with three symetrical steps at base and top of altar, altar slab at top; ribbons extend from centre upwards; fire atop altar, depicted by four rows of four pellets, three pellets, two pellets and one pellet respectively; six-pointed star to l. of fire, upturned crescent to r. of fire; two attendants flank altar, facing forward, wearing crowns, single ribbon extending upwards from neck, arms lowered to clasp sword/barsom at waist, trousers depicted with chevrons; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: AFZN [Symbol for Xvarrah] (Xvarrah afzun/Glory and prosperity). PIROCHI (The Victor) WSTHM (Vistahm). Reverse: ARBA (four) RD (Rayy).

Bibliography:  Göbl 22.a

Notes:  Coin appears to have been folded with reverse facing inward, and flattened out at a latter date.

3 Related People

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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
Rayy
Sasanian


Vistahm
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