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ID number:  BIRBI-S0120
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Varhran IV; Aspahan
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Isfahan Province: Isfahan
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  388-399
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.40
Weight (g):  4.01
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 2661.
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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; 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: ATUR WAHRAN (Fire of Varhran) AS (Aspahan) RAST (Truth)

Bibliography:  SNS 3.1.Obv.Ib2.Rev.3

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Aspahan
Sasanian


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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
Varhran IV
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