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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-S0493
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Hormazd IV; Matbud
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Kerman province: Matbud
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  589-590
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  3.40
Weight (g):  4.09
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 6946, A. H. Baldwin, 12th May 1969.
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Description:  Obverse: Hormazd IV facing r. on frontal bust, 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, mural elements, vertical line extending up connecting to upturned crescent with globe of fire, consisting of three vertical strokes, within, small ribbon extending l. below crescent; upturned crescent to r. of crown; upturned crescent above r. shoulder; double pellet band at neckline, 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; 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 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.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: AFZUN (Prosperity) AUHRMAZI (Hormazd) Reverse: DVAJDEH (Twelve) MB (Matbud)

Bibliography:  Göbl 20.a

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Hormazd IV
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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
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