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ID number:  BIRBI-S0511
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Khusrau II; Nishapur
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Khorasan: Neyshabur
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  590
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  3.20
Weight (g):  4.08
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 2725.
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Description:  Obverse: Khusrau II, facing r. on frontal bust, with hair tied in bunch over r. shoulder; six-pointed star to l. and r. of crown; crown with solid band at base, dome above and step mural feature at back, line rising vertically, with ribbon flowing l., fireball above crown, outside of pellet border; upturned crescent to r. of crown; upturned crescent above r. shoulder; solid band at neckline, with larger pellet in centre, two large pellets on breast, double pearl line extending from shoulders to sternum; two ribbons extending from behind bust to border, and then upwards; double pellet border; three crescents with six-pointed star at 90, 180, 270 degrees. Reverse: Fire altar, hour-glass type, with three symetrical steps at base and top, large base at bottome and altar slab atop; ribbons extending from l. and r. of centre upwards; fire atop altar, depicted as 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 flanking the altar, wearing crowns, facing forward, arms lowered to waist, clasping sword/barsom, trousers depicted with chevrons; triple pellet border; four crescents without star at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: AFZ (Prosperity) HUSRUI (Khusau). Reverse: AYOKI (One) NYHč (Nishapur).

Bibliography:  Paruck 135; Göbl 19.a

3 Related People

Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
Nishapur
Sasanian


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