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Rare Buddha Tetradrachm

412, Lot: 332. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $2200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I. Circa AD 127/8-152. Æ Tetradachm (25mm, 15.79 g, 12h). Main mint in Kapisha (Begram?). Late phase. Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, head left, holding goad and scepter, sacrificing over altar to left; flame at shoulder / Standing Śākyamuni Buddha: Buddha standing facing, hand raised in gesture of abhayamudrā; tamgha to outer left. Cribb, Buddha 37-8 (dies c or p/14); MK 785; cf. ANS Kushan 616 (for type); Donum Burns 175. Near VF, dark brown surfaces, cleaning marks, tooling on obverse around figure and legend. Rare and popular type.