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ID:     80000435
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Ancient East
Region:     KUSHAN EMPIRE
Issuer:     Huvishka I
Date Ruled:     Circa AD 152-192
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Dinar
Weight:     7.88 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Description:     ÞAOhAhOÞ[A]O OOhKI KO[ÞAhO] (first 2 h's retrograde), nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka facing on clouds, head left, holding mace-scepter in right hand, filleted scepter in left
Reverse Description:     MAAChhO (2nd h retrograde), Maaseno, nimbate and crowned, standing facing on two-tiered ornate and filleted distyle daÏs with corbeled central bay, holding long scepter in right hand, left hand on hilt; on either side, nimbate figure standing facing with head turned to central figure; left figure holding long scepter in right hand, left hand on hilt; right figure with right hand on hip, holding long scepter in left hand; tamgha to left
Primary Reference:     MK 227A (O1/R1) = Donum Burns 251
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=132658
Grade:     VF, toned
Notes:     Sale: Triton XII, Lot: 435 Extremely rare, the second example known and the only one not in a public collection. Ex Triton X (9 January 2007), lot 481.Maaseno was the Kushan incarnation of the Hindu god Karttikeya, or Skanda, whose epithet was Mahasena. A particularly important deity to Yaudheyas, with his cult center at the Yaudheya capital of Rohitaka, it is highly probable that he entered the Kushan pantheon as a result of Kushan expansion into the territory of the Yaudheyas.