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Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 1205. Estimate $4000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006. 
Sold For $2800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

[Ancient] INDIA, Post-Gupta Kingdoms. Gauda. Sasanka Deva. Circa 600-630 AD. AV Reduced Dinar (5.76 g, 11h). Siva, nimbate and holding trident, seated facing on rÉcumbent bull left / Lakshmi, nimbate, holding bilva fruit and lotus, seated facing on open lotus. BMC Guptas 612; Altekar pl. XIXA, 10; Mukherjee, Post-Gupta pl. VII, 3 (as Vasuvarma); Mitchiner, Land 40; ATEC 5228. Good VF, bold strike. Rare. ($4000)

While Sasanka struck debased dinars on the old Kushan standard, which circulated in the Gauda heartland of the Ganges, for his eastern possessions, in the hill country of Assam, he struck a rare fine gold dinar based on the local 50 ratti standard.