nomos 19
17 November 2019
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
YUEH-CHI, Sogdiana. Circa 130-80 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 31 mm, 14.43 g, 12 h), imitating issues of Eukratides I of Baktria. A diademed and draped bust of Eukratides to right, wearing Macedonian helmet adorned with bull's horn and ear, but of a rather crude and barbarized style. Rev. ΒΛΕΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΛVΟV - ΕVΙΙΑΤΙΔΟV The Dioscouri, each holding palm branch and lance, galloping on horseback to right; below, monogram. For the prototype, see: Bopearachchi I 54, Mitchiner 178c, and SNG Copenhagen 274; for similar imitations, see: Bopearachchi-Ur Rahman 284 and Mitchiner 496 (but both with different obverses and cruder reverses). Very well-struck and unusually well-preserved. Edges hammered in antiquity, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I, circa 127/8-152. Dinar (Gold, 19 mm, 8.00 g, 11 h). ÞAONANOÞAO KA NhÞKI KOÞANO Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, his head turned to left, sacrificing over altar to left with his right hand and holding goad and scepter with his left; flame at shoulder. Rev. NANAÞAO Nana, nimbate, wearing fillet and crescent, standing to right, holding scepter in her right hand and box in her left; in field to right, tamgha. ANS Kushan 380. Donum Burns 130. MK 60. A splendid, well-struck and very attractive example. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, circa 152-192. Dinar (Gold, 23 mm, 8.06 g, 12 h), mint I (A), 3rd emission. ÞAOhAhOÞAO O OVÞKI KOÞαhO 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. APΔOXÞO The goddess Ardoxsho standing to right, holding cornucopia in both hands; in field to left, tamgha. Donum Burns 263. Mitchiner 3196. MK 286. Clear and attractive. Lightly struck and with traces of overstriking on the reverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Vasudeva II, circa 290-310. Dinar (Gold, 23.5 mm, 8.02 g, 12 h). Þ-AOhANOÞAO BA-Z-ΔhO KOÞANO Vasudeva, nimbate, standing facing, head turned to left, holding standard in his left hand and sacrificing over altar to left; trident with ribbon to left, two symbols to right. Rev. OhÞO Ithyphallic Siva standing facing, holding a garland or diadem and trident; behind, the bull Nandi standing left; tamgha to upper left. Göbl MK 657. Nicely struck and attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 550 CHF