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ID number:  BIRBI-S0543
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Khusrau II; Artashir Xvarrah
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Khuzestan: Gor
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  593
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  3.15
Weight (g):  3.67
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 5803. A. H. Baldwin, 14th May 1968.
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Description:  Obverse: Khusrau II, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, with hair tied in bunch over r. shoulder, earring of three pellets in triangle formation; six-pointed star to l. and r. of crown; crown with double pellet band, with dome above and mural elements, vertical line above dome connecting to upturned crescent, with six-pointed star within, two wings extend from vertical line; upturned crescent r. of crown; upturned crescent above l. and r. shoulder; single pellet line at neckline, with single large pellet at centre, two pellets .. on breast, double pearl pellet line extending from shoulder to sternum; ribbons extending from behind shoulders upwards; double pellet border; two crescents with six-pointed star at 90 and 180 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 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; 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; single pellet l. of 180 degree pellet.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: [Symbol for Xvarrah] AFZUT (May his glory increase) HUSRUI (Khusrau) Reverse: ARBA (Four) ART (Artashir Xvarrah)

Bibliography:  Göbl 19.b

Notes:  Possible mounting point 9 o'clock on obverse.

3 Related People

Khusrau II
Sasanian
c. 570
628
Artashir Xvarrah
Sasanian


Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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