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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-S0888
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Kavadh II; Airan
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Khuzestan: Shush
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  628
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  3.25
Weight (g):  4.17
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 7969, A. H. Baldwin, 30th May 1973.
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Description:  Obverse: Kavadh 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 double pellet band, vertical line extending up connecting to upturned crescent with fire as six lines within; upturned crescent to r. of crown; upturned crescent above r. shoulder; single pellet band at neckline, with single large hollow pellet at centre, double pellet band running from shoulder to sternum, three pellets on breast, upturned crescent with six-pointed star in both shoulders; two ribbons extending upward from behind shoulders; single pellet border; crescent with 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, 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; single pellet border; crescent with six-pointed star at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: FIROZ (Victorious) KVATI (Kavadh) Reverse: TALYN (Two) AIRAN (Airan)

Bibliography:  Göbl 24.a

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Kavadh II
Sasanian

628
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1903
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Sasanian


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