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ID number:  BIRBI-S0083
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):  2.65
Weight (g):  4.41
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 5716, W. V. R. Baldwin, 28th March 1968.

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, within altar fravahar symbol; fire atop altar; to l. and r. of altar attendants, crowned, holding swords/barsom; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MZDYSN BGI ŠHPHRI MLKAN MLKA AYRAN Y ANAYRAN MN ČTRY MN YZDAN (MAZDAYASNA BAGI SHAPURI MALKAN MALKA AYRAN Y ANAYRAN MIN CHITRY MIN YAZDAN/Mazda-worshipping divine Shapur King of Kings of Iran and Aniran, whose seed is from the gods). Reverse: NURA SHAPURI (Fire of Shapur)

Bibliography:  SNS 3.1.Obv.Ib1.Rev.1b.

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Whitting, Philip David
Shapur II
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