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CNG Feature Auction 117

Lot nuber 385

INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka. Circa AD 152-192. AV Dinar (21mm, 7.97 g, 12h). Subsidiary mint in Gandhara (Peshawar?). Early phase.


CNG Feature Auction 117
Lot: 385.

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 152-192. AV Dinar (21mm, 7.97 g, 12h). Subsidiary mint in Gandhara (Peshawar?). Early phase. ÞAOHAHOÞAO O OhÞHI KOÞαHO (sic), nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust left on clouds, holding mace-scepter and filleted spear / αÞαЄIXÞO to right, Ashaeixsho (Aša Vahišta) standing facing, head left, extending hand in benediction and holding hand on hip; tamgha to left. MK 342 (O1/R1); ANS Kushan 769 (same dies); Donum Burns –. Traces of deposits. EF. Very rare.

From the Archytas Collection.

Representing Aša Vahišta (the Best Truth/Righteousness), one of the Ameša Spentas, or “divine sparks” of Ahura Mazda, Ashaeixsho is the embodiment of truth for the souls of the righteous. As a divine intermediary, he could receive prayers intended for Ahura Mazda. Aša Vahišta was often invoked with Vohu Manah (Good Purpose) – Manaobago of the Kushans –, as well as Ātar (Holy Fire), represented in the Kushan pantheon as Athsho.

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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