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ID number:  BIRBI-S0453
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Hormazd IV; Nahr Tire
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Asoristan: Nahr Tire
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  584-585
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.80
Weight (g):  3.15
Axis (degrees):  180.00
Provenance:  Whitting 2619.

Description:  Obverse: Hormazd IV facing r. on frontal bust; crown with mural elements, vertical line extending up connecting to upturned crescent with globe of fire, consisting of three vertical strokes, within, small ribbon extending l. below crescent; single pellet border; crescent with six-pointed star at 270 degrees. Reverse: Fire altar, narrow-column 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; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: None Visible. Reverse: SHABA (Seven) NAR (Nahr Tire)

Bibliography:  Göbl 20.a

Notes:  Obverse severely damaged.

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