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ID number:  BIRBI-S0646
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Khusrau II; Sakastan
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Sakastan
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  599-600
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.55
Weight (g):  2.39
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 5825, A. H. Baldwin, 14th May 1968.

Description:  Obverse: Khusrau II facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, with hair tied in a bunch over r. shoulder, earring of three pellets in triangle formation; six-pointed star to l. and r. of crown; crown with pellet band, with dome and mural elements above, vertical line extending up connecting to upturned crescent, two wings extending from centre of vertical line; upturned crescent to r. of crown; upturned crescents above r. shoulder; single pellet band at neckline, with single large pellet at centre, double pellet band running from shoulder to sternum, two pellets on breast, upturned crescent with six-pointed star in both shoulders; two ribbons extending upward from behind shoulders; double pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, hour-glass type, with three steps at base, three steps at top, ribbons extending upwards from centre; fire atop altar, depicted as 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; flanking the altar two attendants, wearing crowns, arms lowered to waist, where they clasp a sword/barsom, trousers depicted with chevrons, single ribbon rising upward from neck of each attendant; triple pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: [Symbol for Xvarrah] AFZUT (May his glory increase) HUSRUI (Khusrau) Reverse: ASHARA (Ten) SK (Sakastan)

Bibliography:  Gobl 19.b

Notes:  Clipped down to weight of half-drachm or Arab dirham

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