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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-S0078
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Shapur II
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  309-379
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.40
Weight (g):  4.11
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 4894, A. H. Baldwin, 8th February 1965.
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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 fire; to l. and r. of altar attendants, crowned, holding swords/barsom; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MAZDYSN BGI ŠHPUHRI MLKAN MLKA AYRAN I ANAYRAN MN ČITRY MN YZDAN (MAZDAYASNA BAGI SHAPURI MALKAN MALKA AYRAN I ANAYRAN MIN CHITRY MIN YAZDAN/Mazda-worshipping divine Shapur, King of Kings of Iran and Aniran, whose seed is from the gods). Reverse: NURA ŠHAPURI (Fire of Shapur) RAST (Truth)

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

2 Related People

Shapur II
Sasanian
309
379
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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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