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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-S0181
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Yazdgird II; Ctesiphon
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Seleucia
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  438-457
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  3.00
Weight (g):  4.15
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 4801, A. H. Baldwin, 19th October 1964, 'From Istanbul'
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Description:  Obverse: Yazdgird II, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, hair in bunch, earring; ribbon extending upwards from bunch of hair; crown, with pellet band, mural elements, with line extending vertically to upturned crescent, fireball/pomegranate within crescent; single pellet band at neckline, double pellet lines extending from shoulder to sternum, where they connect to large hollow pellet; single pellet border.

Reverse: Fire altar, thick column, with two steps at base, three steps at top, two ribbons extending down from centre of column; fire atop altar, depicted as five rows of five pellets, four pellets, three pellets, two pellets and one pellet respectively; two attendants, both facing in toward altar, crowned, holding barsom, robe/kushti depicted with diagonal lines; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MZDYSN BGI KDI YZDKRTI (Mazdayasn Bagi Kadi Yazdakirti/ Mazda worshipping divine fortunate Yazdagird).

Reverse: YZDKRT (Yazdagird) BBA (Baba='Door', i.e. The Court)

Bibliography:  SNS 3.1/p.378.14

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Whitting, Philip David
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