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ID number:  BIRBI-S0900
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Artashir III; Zuzan
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Zuzan
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  629-630
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  3.05
Weight (g):  3.15
Axis (degrees):  270.00
Provenance:  Whitting 7032, A. H. Baldwin, 26th July 1969.
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Description:  Obverse: Ardashir III facing r. on frontal bust, with hair tied in a bunch over r. shoulder, earring of single large pellet; six-pointed star to l. and r. of crown; crown with double pellet band, three mural elements, vertical line extending up connecting to upturned crescent with globe of fire, consisting of four pellets, within, wings extending from larger vertical line; upturned crescent to r. of crown; upturned crescent above r. shoulder; double pellet band at neckline, with single large hollow pellet at centre, double pellet band running from shoulder to sternum, three large 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, narrow-column type, with three steps at base, three steps at top, ribbons extending downwards 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: AFZUNN (Prosperity) ARTASHTIR (Ardashir) Reverse: TALYN (Two) ZU (Zuzan)

Bibliography:  Göbl 25.b

Notes:  Fractured at 135 degrees.

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