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ID number:  BIRBI-S0075
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Shapur II
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  309-379
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.85
Weight (g):  4.18
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 5403, Sotheby, 5th December 1966.
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Description:  Obverse: Shapur II, facing r. on frontal bust, bearded, hair tied in bunch over l. shoulder, earring; crown with single pellet band, mural elements, 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 seven tongues of flame; to l. and r. of altar attendants, crowned, holding swords/barsom; to l. of fire symbol of fravahar, to r. of fire Taurus symbol; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MZDYSN BGI ŠHPUHRI MLKAN MLKA (MAZDAYASNA BAGI SHAPURI MALKAN MALKA/Mazda-worshipping divine Shapur, King of Kings). Reverse: NURA ŠHPURI (Fire of Shapur)

Bibliography:  SNS 3.1.Obv.Ia.Rev.1a1.

2 Related People

Shapur II
Sasanian
309
379
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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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