[Ancient] INDIA, Kushans. Magra (Rebel).
|Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 1153. Estimate $1000.
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006.
Sold For $600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
4th century AD. AV Dinar (7.87 g, 12h). [PAONANO]-PA-O [PO-O] (sic
), Magra, nimbate and helmeted, standing facing, head left, sacrificing over altar to left and holding standard surmounted by chakra
(wheel), sacrificing over altar to left; trident with ribbon to left, "Ga" and "Ma" in Brahmi to right / DRDOC
), Ardoxsho, nimbate, seated facing on throne, holding filleted investiture garland in extended right hand and cradling cornucopiae in left arm; above, tamgha to left. MK 578/ (O1/R4; an unlisted die combination) ("Usurper I"); Donum Burns 745 ("Maiores domus"); MACW -. Good VF. Extremely rare. ($1000)
The rebel Magra is unknown apart from his coins. The depiction of a staff topped with a chakra
, in place of the usual banner, suggests a link to the Kacha type of the Gupta king Samudragupta (see lot 1167), and Magra may have been an ally of the Guptas against the Kushans.