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ID number:  BIRBI-S0052
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Varhran II
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  274-293
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.70
Weight (g):  4.01
Axis (degrees):  90.00
Provenance:  Whitting 4142, Seaby, 23rd September 1963.

Description:  Obverse: Bust of Varhran II, bearded, with hair in bunch over l. shoulder; winged-crown, with korymbos above; to r. of shah, bust of queen Shabur-dukhtag, crowned with dog-headed crown, hair in two braids; both face bust of figure, facing l., crowned with eagle-crown and holding ribboned diadem in hand; single pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, with two steps at base, two at top, with altar slab above; three pellets in triangle formation on altar shaft; fire atop altar; attendants flanking the altar, figure to r. wears eagle-crown, facing altar; both figures with arms raised in suplication to fire, r. figure holding diadem; to l. of fire, symbol of fravahar, to r. of fire, taurus symbol; single pellet border.

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

Bibliography:  SNS 2.Typ VIIa(1)/5a(1).

Notes:  Clipped at 180 degrees on obverse.

2 Related People

Whitting, Philip David
Varhran II

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