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CNG Feature Auction 117

Lot nuber 379

INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka. Circa AD 151-190. AV Dinar (20.5mm, 7.90 g, 12h). Main mint in Baktria (Balkh?). Late phase.


CNG Feature Auction 117
Lot: 379.

Closing Date: May 20 2021 11:00 ET

Central Asian featuring The Archytas Collection, Gold

Estimate: $ 5 000

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INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka. Circa AD 151-190. AV Dinar (20.5mm, 7.90 g, 12h). Main mint in Baktria (Balkh?). Late phase. ÞαO(retrograde h)α(retrograde h)OÞαO OO hÞKI KOÞα(retrograde h)O, nimbate and crowned bust left on clouds, flames at shoulders, holding mace-scepter and filleted spear / Oα(retrograde h)I(retrograde h)Δα (sic), winged Oanindo (Nike-Victory) standing left, holding wreath and scepter; tamgha to right. MK 243 (O1/R2) = Cribb & Bracey E.G1v = FdS 218 = BM inv. 1879, 0501.18 (same dies); ANS Kushan –; Donum Burns –; CNG 64, lot 556 (this coin). VF. Extremely rare, only two examples, including this coin, in CoinArchives.

From the Archytas Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 64 (24 September 2003), lot 556.

The figure of Oanindo is patterned on the Classical Nike, a type that was well-known to the inhabitants of the region. The name may derive from the Avestan Vanainti, a star and goddess associated with Verethragna (Varahran), the god who appears on Kushan coinage as Orlagno.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 117 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 May 2021. This lot is in Session 2, which begins 19 May 2021 at 2 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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