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ID number:  BIRBI-S0128
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):  2.55
Weight (g):  3.86
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 5965, A. H. Baldwin, 20th June 1968.
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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; bust atop altar; attendants flank the altar, crowned, holding swords/barsom; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MAZDAYASN BAGI VARHRAN MALKA (Mazda-worshipping, divine Varhran, King) Reverse: VARH RAN (Varhran) AS (Aspahan) RAST (Truth)

Bibliography:  SNS 3.1.Obv.Ib2.Rev.2a.

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