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ID number:  BIRBI-S0260
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Zamasp; Abarshahr
Denomination:  Obol
Place made:  Khorasan: Neyshabur
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  496-498
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  1.40
Weight (g):  0.39
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 7981, A. H. Baldwin, 30th May 1973

Description:  Obverse: Zamasp, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, with hair tied in a bunch over r. shoulder, earing; crown with double pellet band, mural elements above, above this upturned crescent with single pellet within, above this upturned crescent with fireball within; single pellet band at neckline, with single large pellet at centre, double pellet band extending from both shoulders to sternum, crescent with star and one pellet in shoulders; to r. of figure, smaller figure, crowned, holding diadem, with two ribbons flowing from it, extending towards Zamasp; single pellet border.

Reverse: Fire altar, thick column type, with three steps at base, three steps at top, ribbons extending downward from centre; fire atop altar, depicted as four rwos of four pellets, three pellets, two pellets and one pellet respectively; five-pointed star to l. of altar, upturned crescent to r. of altar; attendants to l. and r. of altar, crowned, facing altar, arms raised towards the altar; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: ZAM (Zamasp)

Reverse: AB (Abarshahr)

Bibliography:  Göbl 17.A.I.a

Notes:  Pierced at 180 degrees on obverse.

3 Related People

Whitting, Philip David


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