INDIA, KUSHAN: Kanishka copper tetradrachm with Buddha. Rare.

Ancient Coins - INDIA, KUSHAN: Kanishka copper tetradrachm with Buddha. Rare.
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Kushan Empire
Kanishka I (c. 127/8-152 AD)
AE tetradrachm (25.5 mm, 16.23 g)

Obverse: King standing, sacrificing at altar left, holding sceptre, with Bactrian legend around
Reverse: Sakyamuni Buddha standing facing, hand raised in abhayamudra (gesture of reassurance); Bactrian legend (SAKA)MANO BOUDO around
Ref: MK 786
 
All of Kanishka's coins with the Buddha are rare.  These were issued in the last year of his reign, and are the first numismatic depiction of the Buddha.
 
Kanishka issued these coins when he convened the fourth great Buddhist Council in Kashmir, which marked the beginnings of Mahayana Buddhism.
 
On this coin the Buddha is shown as a muni (seer) of the Shakya clan, as evident from the title Sakamano, the Bactrian form of the Sanskrit word Shakyamuni.
 
Rare and important.
 
 
Price SKU: KU-138
US$ 1,100.00
  • € 993.19
  • £ 836.77
  • AUD 1,608.42
  • CHF 1,084.16
  • CAD 1,456.18

Rates for: 12/12/19

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