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ID number:  BIRBI-S0510
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Maker:  Vistahm; Rayy
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Tehran
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  593
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  3.35
Weight (g):  4.13
Axis (degrees):  135.00
Provenance:  Barber acquisition 0326B. 1978

Description:  Obverse: Vistahm, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, long hair, with earring of three pellets in triangle; six-pointed star to l. and r. of crown; two bands of peals at base of crown with mural elements, and dome within these elements, vertical line from top of crown, with ribbon flowing l. on line; upturned crescent r. of crown; two upturned crescents above shoulders; crescent and six-pointed star on shoulders; two bands of peals at neck, with three larger pellets in triangle shape on breast, double pearl strings extending from shoulders to sternum; two large ribbons extend from behind bust to border, then upwards; single pellet border; four crescents with three pellets in triangle form at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees. Reverse: Fire altar, hour-glass type, with three symetrical steps at base and top of altar, altar slab at top; ribbons extend from centre upwards; fire atop altar, depicted by four rows of four pellets, three pellets, two pellets and one pellet respectively; six-pointed star to l. of fire, upturned crescent to r. of fire; two attendants flank altar, facing forward, wearing crowns, single ribbon extending upwards from neck, arms lowered to clasp sword/barsom at waist, trousers depicted with chevrons; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: AFZN [Symbol for Xvarrah] (Xvarrah afzun/Glory and prosperity). PIRO (The Victor) WSTHM (Vistahm). Reverse: TALTAH (three) RD (Rayy).

Bibliography:  Göbl 22.a

Notes:  Dead space on reverse across fire altar and l. attendant.

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