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ID number:  BIRBI-S0329
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Khusrau I; Airan
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Khuzestan: Shush
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  540-541
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.90
Weight (g):  3.61
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 5380, A. H. Baldwin, 1st December 1966.
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Description:  Obverse: Khusrau I 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, mural elements, vertical line extending up connecting to upturned crescent with globe of fire, consisting of vertical strokes, within, small ribbon extending l. below crescent; upturned crescent to r. of crown; upturned crescent above r. shoulder; single 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 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, clasping sword/barsom, trousers depicted with chevrons; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: AFZUN (Prosperity) HUSRUI (Khusrau) Reverse: ASHARA (Ten) AIRAN (Airan)

Bibliography:  Göbl 19.c

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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
Airan
Sasanian


Khusrau I
Sasanian
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