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ID number:  BIRBI-S0178
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Varhran V; Abarshahr
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Khorasan: Neyshabur
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  420-438
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.95
Weight (g):  4.03
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 5383, A. H. Baldwin, 1st December 1966.

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, 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) AP (Abarshahr) NT (?) RAST (Truth)

Bibliography:  SNS 3.1.Obv.Ib2.Rev.1.

3 Related People

Whitting, Philip David
Varhran V


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