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ID number:  BIRBI-S1014
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Sulaiman; Tabarestan
Denomination:  Dirham
Place made:  Asia: Iran, Tabarestan
Culture:  Arab-Sasanian
Date made:  PYE 137 / AH 172 / 788-9 AD
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.45
Weight (g):  2.35
Axis (degrees):  0.00
Provenance:  Whitting 5078, A. H. Baldwin, 9th February 1966, ex. Thorburn Collection.

Description:  Obverse: Bust of ruler, Sasanian-type, with rosette above both shoulders, but instead of face there is a diamond; crown of Khusrau II; ribbons flowing from behind l. and r. shoulder; single pellet border; crescent and six-pointed star at 90, 180 and 270 degrees outside border. Reverse: Fire altar, flanked by two attendants, Khusrau II-type, facing; triple pellet border; crescent and star at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees; ∴ at 45, 135, 225 and 315 degrees.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: سليمن (Sulaiman) بخ (Wonderful) [In Pahlavi] [Symbol for Xvarrah] AFZNT (May his glory increase) AFD (Praise!) IIUI (?). Reverse: HFTSIVST (137) TPRSTAN (Tabarestan).

Bibliography:  Walker (1941) p.145 N.287.

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Whitting, Philip David


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