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One of Six or Seven Known

Triton XXI, Lot: 576. Estimate $20000.
Sold for $22500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I. Circa AD 127/8-152. AV Dinar (22mm, 8.02 g, 12h). Main mint in Baktria (Balkh?). Early phase. BACIΛЄYC BACI ΛЄωN KANHÞKOY, Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, head left, holding scepter, sacrificing over altar to left; flame at shoulder / HΛIOC, Helios, nimbate and diademed, standing facing, head left, raising right hand in benedictional gesture, left hand on hip; tamgha to left. MK 25 (O1/R1) = Cribb & Bracey D.G1i = A. Cunningham, “Coins of the Kushâns, or Great Yue-ti,” NC 1892, 1 = FdS 21 = Göbl, Antike 3358 = Rosenfield 90 = BM inv. 1888, 1208.537 (same dies); ANS Kushan –; Donum Burns –; CNG 105, lot 541 (same dies, but a later die state); Triton XVI, lot 654 (same dies). EF, traces of underlying luster, small edge mark. Extremely rare, one of six or seven known including three examples cited by Göbl (one in the BM; the second in Berlin [possibly a forgery]; the third in Seaby Coin & Medal Bulletin 730 [June 1979], no. A602).