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ID number:  BIRBI-S0179
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.; Istanbul Sasanian Hoard.
Maker:  Varhran V; Aspahan
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Isfahan Province: Isfahan
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  420-438
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.80
Weight (g):  4.19
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 4813, A. H. Baldwin, 19th October 1964, from Istanbul.

Description:  Obverse: Varhran V, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, hair tied in bunch over l. shoulder, earring; ribbon extending upwards from behind l. shoulder; crown, with pellet band, mural elements, with upturned crescent with fireball within above; single pellet band at neckline, double pellet lines extending from shoulder to sternum, where they connect to large hollow pellet; single pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, with two steps at base, three steps at top, bust of Shah imposed on upper steps, two ribbons extending down from centre of column; two attendants, crowned, both facing in toward altar, holding sword/barsom; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MZDYSN RMŠTR VARHRN MLKAN MLKA (Mazda-Worshipping, he maintains peace in his realm, Varhran, King of Kings) Rev: VARHRAN (Varhran) AS (Aspahan)

Bibliography:  SNS 3.1.Obv.Ib1.Rev.2.

3 Related People


Whitting, Philip David
Varhran V

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