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ID number:  BIRBI-S0091
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Shapur II
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  309-379
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.30
Weight (g):  3.95
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 4698, Glendining, 14th April 1964.

Description:  Obverse: Shapur II, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, hair tied in bunch over l. shoulder, earring; crown with single pellet band, mural elements, korymbos above crown; single pellet band at neckline; single pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, with two steps at bottom, two steps at top, with altar slab; fire atop altar, with bust within the flames; to l. and r. of altar attendants, crowned, holding swords/barsom; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: [Reading clockwise from r. of crown, bottom of letters facing die border] MZDYSN BGI MLKAN ŠHPHRI (MAZDAYASNA BAGI MALKAN SHAPURI/Mazda-worshipping divine King Shapur). Reverse: NURA SHAPURI (Fire of Shapur) RAST (Truth)

Bibliography:  SNS 3.1.Obv.Ib1.Rev.3a.

Notes:  Unusual direction of obverse inscription.

2 Related People

Shapur II
Whitting, Philip David
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