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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-S0050
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Varhran I
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  271-274
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.75
Weight (g):  3.42
Axis (degrees):  270.00
Provenance:  Whitting 7033, A. H. Baldwin, 26th July 1969.
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Description:  Obverse: Bust of Varhran I, bearded, with hair over l. shoulder; radiate-crown, with korymbos above; to l. of crown symbol of fravahar; 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 r. of fire; 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 I(1)/1aa.

Notes:  Possible counterfit/forgery, does not have the appearance or weight of silver, and has slightly corroded.

2 Related People

Varhran I
Sasanian

274
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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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