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ID:     81000714
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Ancient East
Region:     KUSHAN EMPIRE
Issuer:     Huvishka I
Date Ruled:     Circa AD 152-192
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Dinar
Weight:     7.85 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Description:     Half-length bust left on clouds, holding mace-scepter and filleted spear
Reverse Description:     CAPAΠAO, Serapis standing left, raising hand and holding scepter; tamgha to left
Primary Reference:     MK 185 (O11/R1)
Reference2:     Donum Burns 242
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=140260
Grade:     VF
Notes:     Sale: CNG 81, Lot: 714 Rare. The figure of Serapis demonstrates most clearly the multi-cultural proclivities of the Kushans. Serapis was a specifically Hellenistic combination of the important and highly popular Egyptian gods Osiris and Apis, representing the religious syncretism of the Greco-Roman gods with their foreign counterparts in the period following the death of Alexander the Great. As the supreme god of the Alexandrian pantheon, the god had a large temple-complex in that capital, known as the Serapeum. Although Serapis was quite popular in the Roman Empire, the apparent rarity of this reverse type suggests that this deity failed to achieve a similar level of popularity among the Kushans.