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Triton XXI, Lot: 574. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $6000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

INDIA, Kushan Empire. Vima Kadphises. Circa AD 113-127. AV Dinar (20.5mm, 7.98 g, 12h). Bilingual series. Main mint in Baktria. BACIΛЄYC OOH MO KAΔΦICHC, diademed and crowned half-length bust of Vima Kadphises right on clouds, holding mace-scepter in right hand and hilt of sword in left; flames at shoulder; tamgha to left / Maharajasa rajadirajasa sarvaloga iśvarasa mahiśvarasa vima kaphthiśasa tradara[sa] (“of the great king, king of kings, lord of the world, the great lord, vima kadphises, savior”) in Kharosthi, ithyphallic Siva with two heads (human and horned animal) standing facing, human head left, holding trident in right hand and water flask in left; left arm draped with animal skin; tamgha to left, Triratana (Three Jewels) to right. Bopearachchi, Premiers Série XIII, 35-38; MK 14 (unlisted dies); ANS Kushan ANS Kushan 269-270 var. (Siva with human head only); Donum Burns –; NAC 92/1, lot 229 (same obv. die). Good VF. Extremely rare, only four examples known to Göbl, and this coin the fourth to appear at auction (the first was Triton X, lot 473; the second was CNG 87, lot 372; the third was NAC 92/1, lot 229).

Ex Triton XI (8 January 2008), lot 372.