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Triton XXII, Lot: 490. Estimate $750.
Sold for $650. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LOCAL ISSUES, Silk Road Region. 5th-8th centuries AD. AV Bracteate (18mm, 0.39 g, 12h). Imitating an AV solidus of Anastasius I. (retrograde C)hIVIΛSI VS P P ΔVI, pearl-diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust facing slightly right, holding spear over shoulder and shield decorated with horseman motif; design of eight pellets to right / Incuse of obverse. Cf. Göbl, Dokumente pl. 87, B1; cf. Stein (Wang) p. 239 = BM IA.XII.c.1; V. Raspopova, "Gold Coins and bracteates from Pendjikent," in Coins, Art, and Chronology, pp. 453-460; cf. A. Juliano and J. Lerner, eds. Monks and Merchants: Silk Road Treasures from Northwest China (New York, 2001), pp. 271-291; MACW –. As made, traces of deposits, hint of double strike, holed for attachment. An attractive type of cross-cultural interest.