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ID number:  BIRBI-S1036
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Bouran; Sakastan
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Sakastan
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  631
Metal:  Silver
Weight (g):  3.34
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting (Unnumbered) Gift of Richard Williams, 16th December 1980.
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Description:  Obverse: Boran facing r. on frontal bust, hair, in two braids and flowing at the back, extending down from crown to shoulders; six-pointed star to l. and r. of crown; crown with double pellet band, three equidistant pellets above band, dome, with vertical line extending up connecting to upturned crescent with large pellet within, wings extending from larger vertical line; upturned crescent to r. of crown; upturned crescent above r. shoulder; double pellet band at neckline, upturned crescent with six-pointed star in both shoulders; two ribbons extending upward from behind shoulders; double 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; triple pellet border; crescent with six-pointed star at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: [Symbol for Xvarrah] AFZUTN (May her glory increase) BORANI (Boran) Reverse: TALTA (Three) SK (Sakastan)

Bibliography:  Göbl 26.a

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631
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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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