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22 May 2016
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
An extremely fine Dinar of Vima Kadphises
Lot 126
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Vima Kadphises, c. 100-127/8. Dinar (Gold, 20mm, 7.98 g 12), Mint I (A). Diademed and crowned half-length bust of Vima Kadphises to right on clouds, holding, in his right hand, a mace-scepter over his shoulder; at shoulder, flames; to left, tamgha. Rev. Ithyphallic Siva standing facing, head left, holding composite trident with ax in his right hand and with a goat skin draped over his left arm; to left, tamgha; to right, Buddhist triratana (“Three Jewels”). Donum Burns 81. MK 18 (O5α/R21). Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
One of only eight examples known
Lot 127
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I, c. 127/8-152. Dinar (Gold, 21mm, 7.93 g 12), Mint I (A). Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, his head turned to left, sacrificing over altar and holding goad and scepter; flame at shoulder. Rev. Diademed male figure, wearing beard and royal robes with long cape, flames at shoulders, standing left, holding diadem in outstretched right hand and left hand on hip; tamgha to left. Donum Burns -. MK 33/3 (O6/R3). Very rare, only eight examples known, five of which were cited by Göbl, and finer than the illustrated specimen. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 128
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I, circa 127/8-152. Dinar (Gold, 19mm, 7.93 g 12), Mint I (A). Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, his head turned to left, sacrificing over altar and holding goad and scepter; flame at shoulder. Rev. Nana, nimbate, wearing fillet and crescent, standing right, holding scepter in right hand, box in left; tamgha to right. Donum Burns 117 (same reverse die). MK 35 (O13/R3). Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 129
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I, c. 127/8-152. Dinar (Gold, 20mm, 7.94 g 12), Mint I (A). Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, his head turned to left, sacrificing over altar and holding goad and scepter; flame at shoulder. Rev. Nana, nimbate, wearing fillet and crescent, standing right, holding scepter in right hand and box in left; tamgha to right. MK 54/6 (O11/R16). Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Extremely fine Dinar of Kanishka I with unlisted dies
Lot 130
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I, c. 127/8-152. Dinar (Gold, 21mm, 7.98 g 12), Mint I (A). Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, his head turned to left, sacrificing over altar and holding goad and scepter; flame at shoulder. Rev. Miiro (Mithra) standing facing, head left, extending hand in benediction and holding hilt of sword; tamgha to left. Donum Burns 126. MK 56 (unlisted dies). Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 131
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I, c. 127/8-152. Dinar (Gold, 20mm, 8.05 g 12), Mint I (A). Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, his head turned to left, sacrificing over altar and holding goad and scepter; flame at shoulder. Rev. Mao, diademed with long fillets, lunar "horns" at shoulders, standing facing, head left, right hand extended in benedictional gesture and cradling globe-tipped scepter in left arm; tamgha to left. MK 58. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3800 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Very rare, only five examples cited by Göbl
Lot 132
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I, c. 127/8-152. Dinar (Gold, 21mm, 7.92 g 12), Mint II (B). Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, his head turned to left, sacrificing over altar and holding goad and scepter; flame at shoulder. Rev. Ardoxsho, radiate and nimbate, standing facing, head right, extending cornucopiae with both hands; tamgha to right. Donum Burns 139. MK 77/1 (O40/R2). Very rare, only five examples cited by Göbl. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
A lustrous example and virtually as struck
Lot 133
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I, c. 127/8-152. Dinar (Gold, 20mm, 7.98 g 12), Mint I (A). Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, his head turned to left, sacrificing over altar and holding goad and scepter; flame at shoulder. Rev. Orlagno, nimbate and wearing eagle-crested helmet and fillet, standing facing, head right, holding filleted lance in right hand, and sword with eagle's head hilt in left; tamgha to right. Donum Burns 132. MK 63 (O27/R12). A lustrous example. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
A very rare Dinar of Huvishka with unlisted dies
Lot 134
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, c. 152-192. Dinar (Gold, 21mm, 7.89 g 12), Mint I (A). Nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka to left, holding mace-scepter in his right hand and filleted spear in his left. Rev. Athsho standing right, flames about head and shoulders, holding blacksmith's hammer over shoulder and pair of tongs; tamgha to left. Donum Burns 247. MK 209 (unlisted dies). Very rare. Possible traces of mounting, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 135
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, c.152-192. Dinar (Gold, 20mm, 7.97 g 12), Mint I (A). Nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka to left, holding mace-scepter in his right hand and filleted spear in his left. Rev. Ardoxsho standing right, holding cornucopiae in both hands; tamgha to right. Donum Burns 249. MK 219/4-6 var. (O1α/R-). Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3800 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Extremely rare Dinar of Huvishka
Lot 136
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, c. 152-192. Dinar (Gold, 21mm, 7.96 g 12), Mint I (A). Nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka to left, holding mace-scepter in his right hand and filleted spear in his left. Rev. Winged Oanindo (Nike-Victory) standing left, holding wreath and cornucopiae; tamgha to left. Donum Burns -. MK 245 (O1/R4) = Cribb & Bracey E.G1v = Cunningham 35 = BM inv. 1893, 0506.6 (same dies). Extremely rare. Slight die shift and small edge nick on reverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Extremely rare
Lot 137
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, c. 152-192. Dinar (Gold, 21mm, 7.94 g 12), Mint I (A). Nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka to left, holding mace-scepter in his right hand and filleted spear in his left. Rev. Winged Oanindo (Nike-Victory) standing left, holding wreath in outstretched right hand and cradling filleted scepter in left arm; tamgha to right. Donum Burns 255 (same dies). MK 244 (O1/R3). Extremely rare. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 138
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, c. 152-192. Dinar (Gold, 20mm, 7.97 g 12), Mint II (B). Nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka to left, holding mace-scepter in his right hand and filleted spear in his left. Rev. Miiro (Mithra) standing facing, head left, extending hand in benediction, cradling filleted scepter, and holding hilt of sword; tamgha to left. Donum Burns -. MK 291 (O30/R10). Minor hairline flan split, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Extremely rare
Lot 139
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, c. 152-192. Dinar (Gold, 21mm, 8.04 g 12), Mint II (B). Nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka to left, holding mace-scepter in his right hand and filleted spear in his left. Rev. Nana standing facing, head left, holding object and billowing veil; tamgha to left, pseudo-legend to right. Donum Burns 274. MK 302 (O44β/R-). Extremely rare. Obverse struck from a worn and slightly rusty die and minor die break on reverse, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 140
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, c. 152-192. Dinar (Gold, 19mm, 7.84 g 12), Mint II (B). Nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka to left, holding mace-scepter in his right hand and filleted spear in his left. Rev. Ardoxsho standing right, holding cornucopiae; tamgha to right. Donum Burns -. MK 306 (O1/R48). Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Very rare
Lot 141
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, circa 152-192. Dinar (Gold, 21mm, 8.01 g 12), Mint II (B). Nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka to left, holding mace-scepter in his right hand and filleted spear in his left. Rev. Ashaiexsho standing facing, head left, extending hand in benediction and holding hand on hip; tamgha to left. Donum Burns -. MK 342 (O1/R1). Very rare. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 142
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, c. 152-192. Dinar (Gold, 21mm, 7.90 g 12), Mint II (B). Nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka to left, holding mace-scepter in his right hand and filleted spear in his left. Rev. Ardoxsho standing left, holding cornucopiae in both hands; tamgha to left. Donum Burns -. Cf. MK 357-9/365A (same obverse die and reverse type). A few minor marks, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 143
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Vasudeva I, c. 190-230. Dinar (Gold, 20mm, 7.97 g 12), main mint in Baktria (Balkh?). Vasudeva standing left, holding filleted standard, sacrificing over altar to left. Rev. Ithyphallic Siva standing facing, holding a garland or diadem and trident; behind, the bull Nandi standing left; tamgha to upper left. Donum Burns 404. MK 502. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 144
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Vasudeva II, c. 290-310. Dinar (Gold, 22mm, 8.03 g 12). Vasudeva, nimbate, standing facing, head turned left, flames on shoulder, holding standard in his left hand, sacrificing over altar to left; trident with ribbon to left, two symbols to right. Rev. Ithyphallic Siva standing facing, holding a garland or diadem and trident; behind, the bull Nandi standing left; tamgha to upper left. Donum Burns 448 (same obverse die). MK 535 var. (different symbols on reverse). Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 145
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Vasudeva II, c. 290-310. Dinar (Gold, 28mm, 8.00 g 12), Mint III (C). Vasudeva, diademed and crowned, standing facing, head left, flames at shoulder, sacrificing over altar and holding trident; monogram and filleted trident to left, tamgha to right, swastika between feet. Rev. Ithyphallic Siva standing facing, holding diadem in extended right hand, trident in left; behind, the bull Nandi standing left, monogram on rump; pellet and tamgha to left. Donum Burns 474. MK 692. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
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