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Extremely Rare Buddha Quarter Dinar

Triton XX, Lot: 434. Estimate $20000.
Sold for $42500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I. Circa AD 127-151. AV Quarter Dinar (14mm, 1.88 g, 12h). Main mint in Baktria (Balkh?). Late phase. ÞαO(retrograde h)α(retrograde h)OÞαO Kα (retrograde h)HÞKI KOÞα(retrograde h), Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, head left, holding goad and scepter, sacrificing over altar to left; flame at shoulder / BOΔΔO downward to left, standing Śākyamuni Buddha: Buddha standing facing, hand raised in gesture of abhayamudrā; tamgha to right. Cribb, Buddha 4 (dies c/3) = MK 73 (O35/R2); ANS Kushan –; Donum Burns –; CNG 70, lot 497 (same rev. die); New York Sale XXIII, lot 296 = Skanda Collection (Spink-Taisei 9), lot 18 (same rev. die). Near VF, evidence of prior mounting. Extremely rare, one of five known.