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ID number:  BIRBI-S0064
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Narseh
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  293-302
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.50
Weight (g):  3.20
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 4680, Glendining, 14th April 1964.
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Description:  Obverse: Bust of Narseh, bearded, with hair in plaits; crowned, with three cinquefoil elements atop crown, with korymbos above; decoration at neckline; single pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, with two steps at base, two at top, with altar slab above, three pellets in triangle formation on altar shaft; fire atop altar; to l. of fire, symbol of fravahar, to r. of fire, taurus symbol; attendants flanking the altar, crowned, holding barsom, facing altar; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MZDYSN BGI NRŠHI MLKAN MLKA (MAZDAYASNA BAGI NARSHI MALKAN MALKA/Mazda-worshipping divine Narseh, King of Kings). Reverse: NURA ZI NARŠHI (Fire of Narseh)

Bibliography:  SNS 2.Typ Ia/4a

2 Related People

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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
Narseh


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