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ID number:  BIRBI-S0522
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Khusrau II; Merv
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Merv
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  592
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  3.20
Weight (g):  4.07
Axis (degrees):  225.00
Provenance:  Whitting 2510.
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Description:  Obverse: Khusrau II, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, with hair tied in bunch over r. shoulder; six-pointed star to l. and r. of crown; crown with double pearl pellet band, with dome above and mural elements, vertical line above dome connecting to upturned crescent, two wings extend from vertical line; upturned crescent r. of crown; upturned crescent above r. shoulder; two pellets .. on breast, double pearl pellet line extending from shoulder to sternum; ribbons extending from behind shoulders upwards; double pellet border; three crescents with six-pointed star at 90, 180 and 270 degrees. Reverse: Fire altar, narrow column type, with three steps at base, and three steps at top, narrow column at centre, ribbons extending from centre upwards; fire atop altar, depicted in 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; flanking the altar two attendants, wearing crowns, arms lowered to waist, where they clasp a sword/barsom, trousers depicted with chevrons, single ribbon rising upward from neck of each attendant; triple pellet border; four crescents with six-pointed star at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: [Symbol for Xvarrah] AFZ (May his glory increase) HUSRU (Khusrau) Reverse: LTA (Three) MR (Merv)

Bibliography:  Göbl 19.b

Notes:  Evidence of double striking on upper left field of obverse.

3 Related People

Khusrau II
Sasanian
c. 570
628
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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
Merv
Sasanian


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