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ID number:  BIRBI-S0116
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Varhran IV
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  388-399
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.80
Weight (g):  4.12
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 3819, Spink, 27th June 1962.
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Description:  Obverse: Varhran IV, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, hair tied in bunch over l, shoulder, earring; crown, with single pellet band, mural elements, wings extending from crown to l. field, korymbos above crown; pellet band at neckline; single pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, with two steps at base, two steps at top, with altar slab above steps, two ribbons extending down from altar column; fire atop altar, depicted as four rows of four pellets, three pellets, two pellets and one pellet respectively; attendants flank the altar, crowned, holding swords/barsom; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MAZDAYASN BAGI WAHRAN MALKAN MALKA (Mazda-worshipping divine Varhran, King of Kings) Reverse: NURA (Fire) AWH ()

Bibliography:  SNS 3.1.Obv.Id.Rev.3.

2 Related People

Varhran IV
Sasanian

399
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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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