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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-S0059
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Maker:  Narseh
Denomination:  Dinar
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  293-302
Metal:  Gold
Diameter (cm):  2.90
Weight (g):  7.16
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Barber Acquisition 0130B, A. H. Baldwin, 1973.
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Description:  Obverse: Bust of Narseh, bearded, with hair in plaits; crowned, with three cinquefoil elements atop crown, with korymbos above; decoration at neckline; single pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, with two steps at base, two at top, with altar slab above; fire atop altar; to l. of fire, symbol of fravahar, to r. of fire, lettering for Merv; attendants lanking the altar, crowned, holding barsom, facing altar; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MZDYSN NRŠHI MLKAN MLKA BGI MN ČTRY MN YZDN (MAZDAYASNA NARSHI MALKAN MALKA BAGI MIN CHITRY MIN YAZDAN/Mazda-worshipping Narseh, Divine King of Kings, whose seed is from the Gods). Reverse: NURA ZI NARŠHI (Fire of Narseh) MRWY (Merv)

Bibliography:  SNS 2.Typ Ia/1c.

Notes:  Was XRF tested as part of 'All That Glitters…' project

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