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    Unlisted variety

    INDIA. Kushan Empire. Huvishka (ca. AD 151-190). AV dinar (22mm, 7.90 gm, 11h). Choice VF.  Bactria main mint, probably Balkh. ÞAONANOÞAO O-O HÞKI KOÞANO, half-length bust of Huvishka left on mountain top, nimbate and wearing pointed and jeweled crown and jeweled kaftan with double-helix pattern, ladder-like ribbons over both shoulders, mace in right hand, scepter in left over shoulder / APΔOXÞO, Ardoxsho (or Nana?) standing three-quarter facing, head left, cornucopia (?) in both hands, tamgha to left. Cf. ANS Kushan 738 (Ardoxsho left, nimbate / 749 (Ardoxsho right) / 750 (Nana). Cf. MK 286.

    NOTE: A puzzling issue, both to the pose of the goddess Ardoxsho and the unusual object she holds, which does not really resemble the cornucopia usually held by this goddess, but more of a hybrid with the "wand with lion protome" held by another goddess, Nana. The reverse for ANS 749 shows Ardoxsho in the same pose and attributes as this coin, but facing right. ANS 738 shows the same reverse as this coin, but Ardoxsho nimbate (and a different obverse bust type). ANS 750 depicts another goddess, Nana, in the same pose, sans nimbus, and with a similar treatment of hair and the object she holds. Perhaps the die engraver started by depicting Nana, then changed is mind and named her Ardoxsho? In any case, this appears to be an unlisted variety of the overall type for Huvishka.


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