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ID number:  BIRBI-S0238
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Valkash
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Hephthalite
Date made:  484-488
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.75
Weight (g):  3.97
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 0502.

Description:  Obverse: Valkash, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, hair tied in bunch over l. shoulder, earring of three pellets in triangle formation; ribbon extending upwards from behind l. shoulder, flames upon r.shoulder; crown, with pellet band, mural elements, topped with upturned crescent with fireball within; single pellet band at neckline, double pellet lines extending from shoulder to sternum, where they connect to large hollow pellet; double pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, with two steps at base, two steps at top, two ribbons extending down from centre of column; fire atop altar, with bust of the Shah within the flames; five-pointed star to l. of altar, crescent to r. of altar; two attendants, crowned, both facing in toward altar, crowned, arms raised in adoration; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: None. Reverse: None.

Bibliography:  SNS 3.2.A22

Notes:  Hephthalite imitation of Sasanian coin of Valkash (See SNS 3.1 p.432/3.2,Plate 104.A22); Vestige of top of crown at bottom of obverse, possibly deliberate double strike to make axis 90 degrees.

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Whitting, Philip David

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