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ID number:  BIRBI-S0055
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Varhran II
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  274-293
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.65
Weight (g):  3.85
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 4121, A. H. Baldwin, 22nd August 1963, F. W. Baldwin.
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Description:  Obverse: Bust of Varhran II, bearded, with hair in bunch over l. shoulder; winged-crown, with korymbos above; to r. of shah, bust of queen Shabur-dukhtag, crowned with dog-headed crown, hair in two braids; both face bust of figure, facing l., crowned with eagle-crown; single pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, with two steps at base, two at top, with altar slab above; fire atop altar; attendants flanking the altar, facing away from altar; both figures crowned and holding spears; to l. of fire, symbol of fravahar; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MZDYSN BGI WRHRN MLKAN MLKA AYRAN MN ČTRY MN YZDN (MAZDAYASNA BAGI WARHRAN MALKAN MALKA AYRAN MIN CHITRY MIN YAZDAN/Mazda-worshipping divine Varhran, King of Kings of Iran, whose seed is from the gods). Reverse: NURA ZI WRHRAN (Fire of Varhran)

Bibliography:  SNS 2.Typ VIa(4)/1(1b)

Notes:  Pierced at 90 degrees on obverse.

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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
Varhran II
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