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ID number:  BIRBI-S0626
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Khusrau II; Uncertain mint
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  598-599
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  3.35
Weight (g):  3.98
Axis (degrees):  135.00
Provenance:  Whitting 2595.
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Description:  Obverse: Khusrau II facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, with hair tied in a bunch over r. shoulder, earring of three pellets in triangle formation; six-pointed star l. and r. of crown; crown, with dome and mural elements above, vertical line extending up connecting to upturned crescent, with six-pointed star within, two wings extending from centre of vertical line; upturned crescent r. of crown; upturned crescent r. shoulder; single pellet line at neckline, two pellet .. on breast; two ribbons extending upward from behind shoulders; double pellet border; crescent and six-pointed star at 90, 180 and 270 degrees. Reverse: Fire altar, hour-glass type, with three steps at base, four steps at top, ribbons extending upwards from centre; 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, bearded, 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] AFZUT (May his glory increase) HUSRUI (Khusrau) Reverse: TISHA (Nine) ASM/AH/AFH (?)

Bibliography:  Paruck 34; Göbl 19.b

Notes:  Fracture line, running on obverse from 45 degrees to 225 degrees.

3 Related People

Khusrau II
Sasanian
c. 570
628
Uncertain mint



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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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