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CNG Feature Auction 117

Lot nuber 382

INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka. Circa AD 151-190. AV Dinar (20mm, 7.93 g, 12h). Main mint in Baktria (Balkh?). Early phase.


CNG Feature Auction 117
Lot: 382.

Closing Date: May 20 2021 11:00 ET

Central Asian featuring The Archytas Collection, Gold

Estimate: $ 7 500

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INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka. Circa AD 151-190. AV Dinar (20mm, 7.93 g, 12h). Main mint in Baktria (Balkh?). Early phase. ÞAO(retrograde h)A(retrograde h)OÞAO O OhÞKI KOÞA(retrograde h)O, diademed, and crowned half-length bust left on clouds, holding mace-scepter and goad / MααCh(retrograde h)O, Maaseno, nimbate and crowned, standing facing, holding bird-tipped and filleted scepter in right hand, left hand on hilt of sword; tamgha to left. MK 298 (O31/R2); ANS Kushan 709; Donum Burns 271. Lightly toned, slight double strike on obverse, hint of deposits on reverse. EF. Very rare.

From the Archytas Collection.

Maaseno was the Kushan incarnation of the Hindu god Karttikeya, or Skanda, whose epithet was Mahasena. A particularly important deity to Yaudheyas, with his cult center at the Yaudheya capital of Rohitaka, it is highly probable that he entered the Kushan pantheon as a result of Kushan expansion into the territory of the Yaudheyas.

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.

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