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ID number:  BIRBI-S0101
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Artashir II
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  379-383
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.75
Weight (g):  4.15
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 4136, Seaby, 16th September 1963.

Description:  Obverse: Artashir II, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, hair tied in bunch over l. shoulder, earring; crown with single pellet band, 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 five tongues of flame; to l. and r. of altar attendants, crowned, holding swords/barsom; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MZDYSN BGI ARTHŠTR MLKAN MLKA AYRAN Y ANAYRAN YAZDAN (MAZDAYASNA BAGI ARTHASHTIR MALKAN MALKA AYRAN I ANAYRAN [MINU CHITRY MIN] YAZDAN/Mazda-worshipping divine Artashir, King of Kings of Iran and Aniran, whose seed is from the gods). Reverse: None.

Bibliography:  SNS 3.1.Obv.Ia.Rev.1a.

Notes:  Plugged on obverse at 0 degrees.

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Whitting, Philip David
Artashir II

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