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ID number:  BIRBI-WH0003
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Tegin
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Asia: Iran, Khorasan
Culture:  Western Turkic
Date made:  77 PYE/728 AD
Metal:  Billon
Diameter (cm):  3
Weight (g):  3.01
Axis (degrees):  225.00
Provenance:  Whitting 5593, July 1967, ex R. B. Whitehead.

Description:  Obverse: Bust in three-quarter frontal view right, mustache; wearing a crown with two trident-like elements; a lion's head on top; two horizontally-pleated ribbons hang from the diadem; pearl earrings; on the king's breast a rosette; two pellet band borders. Reverse: Bust of Adur (Fire) (?) in frontal view with nimbus of flames; ribbons emerge from behind shoulders; two pellet band borders.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: Outer band: Sri-HiTiViRa KhaRaLaVa PaRaMesVaRa Sri SaHi TiGiNaDeVa KaRiTa (His Perfection, Iltäbär of the Khalaj (Vassal-King under the Khazars) devotee of the highest divinity, the perfect (?) King, the Sahi Tegin Lord made this) Inner band: [In Bactrian] σρι þαυο (His Perfection, King) Reverse: HPT HPTAN (Seventy-seven) TKYNA HURASAN MLKA (Tegin, King of Khorasan)

Bibliography:  Vondrovec (2014) Type 208, pp.656.

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