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Sale: CNG 61, Lot: 994. Estimate $300. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2002. 
Sold For $300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

INDIA. Kushans. Huvishka. Circa 126-164 AD. Æ Tetradrachm (10.30 gm). King riding left on back of elephant / Four-armed Oesho (Siva) standing facing, head left, preparing to launch thunderbolt; tamgha in left field, stag left, rampant in right field. Göbl Kushan 950; Donum Burns -. VF for type, dark brown patina with light earthen encrustation, faint cleaning marks. Extremely rare. ($300).

The elephant left is a rarity in itself, but the important depiction of a bellicose Shiva makes this coin most appealing, combined with a nice centering and fuller flan - surpassing Göbl's example in quality.