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ID number:  BIRBI-S0645
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Khusrau II; Nihavand
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Hamadan Province: Nahavand
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  599-600
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  3.19
Weight (g):  4.22
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 6955, A. H. Baldwin, 12th May 1969.
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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 to l. and r. of crown; crown with pellet band, 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 to r. of crown; upturned crescents above r. shoulder; single pellet band at neckline, with single large pellet at centre, double pellet band running from shoulder to sternum, two pellets on breast, upturned crescent with six-pointed star in both shoulders; 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, three steps at top, ribbons extending upwards from centre; fire atop altar; 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] AFZUT (May his glory increase) HUSRUI (Khusrau) Reverse: ASHARA (Ten) NIH (Nihavand)

Bibliography:  Gobl 19.b

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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
Nihavand
Sasanian


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