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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-S0158
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Yazdgird I
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  399-420
Metal:  Billon
Diameter (cm):  2.55
Weight (g):  3.87
Axis (degrees):  45.00
Provenance:  Whitting 7985, A. H. Baldwin, 30th May 1973.
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Description:  Obverse: Yazdgird I, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, hair tied in bunch over l. shoulder, earring; ribbon extending upwards from behind l. shoulder; crown, with pellet band, domed, mural elements, crescent at front of crown, topped with korymbos; double 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, with two steps at base, three steps at top, two ribbons extending down from centre of column; fire atop altar; two attendants, crowned, both facing in toward altar, holding sword/barsom; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MLKAN YZKRTI MLKAN (MALKAN YAZDGIRD MALKAN/King Yazdgird, King). Rev: YZDKRT (Yazdgird)

Bibliography:  SNS 3.1.Obv.Ia2.Rev.1b.

Notes:  Forgery? Pahlavi anomolous and detail on imagery unusually clear (cf.beard on bust).

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