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ID number:  BIRBI-S0046
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Maker:  Hormazd I
Denomination:  Drachm
Culture:  Sasanian
Date made:  270-271
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.50
Weight (g):  3.82
Axis (degrees):  90.00
BIRBI-S0046.jpg

Description:  Obverse: Bust of Hormazd I, bearded, with hair over l. shoulder; round-cap crown, with korymbos above; single pellet band at neckline; single pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, with two steps and base, two steps above, altar slab above; fire atop altar; altar flanked by attendants, crowned, holding swords/barsom, facing towards altar; single pellet border.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: MZDYSN BGI AHRAMZD MLKAN MLKA AYRAN MN ČTRY MN YZDN (MAZDAYASNA BAGI AHURAMAZD MALKAN MALKA AYRAN MIN CHITRY MIN YAZDAN/Mazda-worshipping divine Hormazd, King of Kings of Iran, whose seed is from the gods). Reverse: NURA ZI AHRMZD (Fire of Hormazd)

Bibliography:  SNS 2.Typ Ia(1)/1(1).

Notes:  Pierced at 180 degrees on obverse.

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