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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-S0076
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Shapur II
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  309-379
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.30
Weight (g):  3.93
Axis (degrees):  90.00
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Description:  Obverse: Shapur II, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, hair tied in bunch over l. shoulder, earring; crown with single pellet band, mural elements, korymbos above crown; single pellet band at neckline; single pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, with two steps at bottom, two steps at top, with altar slab; fire atop altar, with bust within; to l. and r. of altar attendants, crowned, holding swords/barsom; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MZDN BGI MLKAN (MAZDA[YASNA] BAGI MALKAN/Mazda-worshipping divine King). Reverse: RAST (Truth)

Bibliography:  SNS 3.1.Obv.Ib1.Rev.3a.

Notes:  Imitation?

2 Related People

Shapur II
Sasanian
309
379
Whitting_Phillip-T.jpg
Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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