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ID:     79000530
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Ancient East
Region:     KUSHAN EMPIRE
Issuer:     Huvishka I
Date Ruled:     Circa AD 152-192
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Dinar
Weight:     7.93 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Description:     Nimbate, crowned and diademed bust left on clouds, holding mace scepter and sword hilt
Reverse Description:     Pharo, wearing winged diadem, standing left, holding flames in outstretched hand, other hand on hilt; tamgha to left
Primary Reference:     MK 253/1 (O2/R1)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=127041
Grade:     Good VF
Notes:     Sale: CNG 79, Lot: 530 Extremely rare. Pharo was associated with Khvareno, the Iranian personification of the glory and legitimacy of kings. His winged cap, associating him with Orlagno and his victories, may also associate this god with Hermes-Mercury, the god of treasure. As Hermes, his messages were carried on the wing, while the halo and lotus signify his passage between worlds. As Mercury, his purse indicated the profit resulting from a gloriously legitimate royal rule.