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ID number:  BIRBI-S0053
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Maker:  Varhran II
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  274-293
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.65
Weight (g):  4.07
Axis (degrees):  90.00

Description:  Obverse: Bust of Varhran II, bearded, with hair in bunch over l. shoulder; winged-crown, with korymbos above; to r. of shah, bust of queen Shabur-dukhtag, crowned with korymbos, hair in two braids; single pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, with two steps at base, two at top, with altar slab above; fire atop altar; attendants flanking the altar, facing away from altar; both figures hold spears; to r. of fire, three pellets in triangle formation; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MZDYSN BGI WRHRN MLKAN MLKA AYRAN Y ANAYRAN MN ČTRY MN YZDN ŠHYPWHRDWHTKY ZY MLKTN MLKT (MAZDAYASNA BAGI WARHRAN MALKAN MALKA AYRAN Y ANAYRAN MIN CHITRY MIN YAZDAN ŠHPUHRDUKHTY ZY MALKATAN MALKAT/Mazda-worshipping divine Varhran, King of Kings of Iran and Aniran, whose seed is from the gods [and] Shapur-dukhtag Queen of Queens). Reverse: NURA ZI WRHRAN (Fire of Varhran)

Bibliography:  SNS 2.Typ IV(7)/1(1abis)

Notes:  Pierced at 90 degrees on obverse.

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Varhran II

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