Indian Head Gold Coins

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  • Indian Head ( ) is a coastal headland on the eastern (ocean) side of Fraser Island in Queensland, Australia.
  • Indian Head is a town in Charles County, Maryland, United States. The population was 3,422 at the 2000 census. It has been the site of a naval base specializing in gun and rocket propellants since 1890.
  • The preferred name for the 5-cent coin often called Buffalo nickel. Indian Head cents, gold dollars, gold $3 coins, $5 half eagles, $10 eagles and $20 double eagles exist. See also eagle.
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indian head gold coins - 1909-O $5
1909-O $5 Indian Head Half Eagle Gold Coin - Replica
1909-O $5 Indian Head Half Eagle Gold Coin - Replica
1909-O $5 INDIAN HEAD HALF EAGLE GOLD COIN HISTORY This variety (Variety 1) of the Indian Head $5 Half Eagle was minted between 1908 and 1929. The coin, designed by Bela Lyon Pratt, weighed 8.359 grams, and had a composition of 90% gold and 10% copper. This coin comes in airtight removable plastic protector. All our replica coins, reproduction coins, or copy coins comply with the US Hobby Protection Act - 15USC-2101 regarding the sale and manufacture of reproduction coins. Unless stated as .999 silver replica coins, all gold and silver reproduction coins are plated. All our reproduction coins, replica coins, and/or copy coins are non-monetary.

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A Rare and Highly Important Kushan Gold Dinar of Kanishka I, the Fourth Known Gold Dinar with a Depiction of The Buddha
A Rare and Highly Important Kushan Gold Dinar of Kanishka I, the Fourth Known Gold Dinar with a Depiction of The Buddha
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I. Circa AD 127/8-152. AV Dinar (7.93 g, 12h). Mint I (A). 3rd emission. ?AONANO?AO KA Nh?KI KO?ANO, Kanishka standing facing, head turned left, flames on shoulder, holding standard in his left hand, sacrificing over altar to left / BO??O, Buddha, nimbate, standing facing, wearing samghati (a long pleated garment), his head with eyes wide open and large mustache, ashnisha on head, urna between eyebrows, his right hand is raised in the gesture of reassurance, abhayamudra, and he holds a pleat of his robe in his left hand; tamgha to right. Cribb, Buddha - (dies a/2 [unlisted die combination); MK 66 (O7/R- [unlisted rev. die]); Hirayama 50 (same rev. die); Carter, Consideration, fig. 1b (same rev. die). Good VF, a few light marks. The fourth extant Buddha dinar, the Boston specimen having been lost. Ex Triton VIII (10 January, 2005), lot 676. For a detailed study and complete listing of Kanishka’s Buddha coins in both gold and copper, see Cribb, “Kanishka’s Buddha image coins revisited,” Silk Road Art and Archaeology 6 (Kamakura, 2000), pp. 151-89. The three previously recorded Buddha gold dinars are as follows: one in the British Museum (BMC 16b, accession no. IOC289; illustrated in MK), the Hirayama specimen, one previously in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (Museum of Fine Arts Bulletin, Boston 1965, p. 147, fig. 10; illustrated in Carter, Consideration; stolen and destroyed in 1978), and a final one in a private collection, recently published by O. Bopearachichi in From Oxus to India (Lattes, 2002).The name Kushan derives from the Chinese term Kouei-chouang, used to describe one branch of the Yueh Chi, a loose confederation of Indo-European people who had been living in northwestern China until they were driven west by the Turko-Mongol Hsiug-nu in about 170 BC. The Yueh Chi reached Baktria in the second century BC and by the first century AD were united under king Kujula. Gradually wresting control of the area from the Scytho-Parthians, the Yueh Chi moved south into the northwest Indian region of Gandhara, today parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. With its capital established near Kabul, the Kushan Empire was soon acknowledged as great a power as China, Rome, and Parthia. Under Kanishka, the third king, the Kushan Empire reached its greatest extent, a territory ranging from central Asia into northern India as far east as Benares and as far south as Sanchi. The empire was administered from two capitals: Peshawar near the Khyber Pass, and Mathura in northern India. It was a period of great wealth marked by extensive mercantile activities, seagoing trade and commerce along the Silk Route to China. This multi-ethnic empire, tolerant of religious differences, produced an eclectic culture vividly expressive in the visual arts. Coin reverses as well as artifacts from the Gandhara and Mothura schools of art exhibit deities of Greek, Roman, Iranian, and Hindu mythologies and some of the earliest representations of the Buddha. Buddhism is based on the teaching of Siddhartha Gautama, commonly known as The Buddha, who lived approximately 563 to 483 BC. The word Buddha, meaning awakened or enlightened one, is a title, not a proper name. Siddhartha Gautama was born a prince in the kingdom Sakyas situated on what is now the border area between India and Nepal. At the age of 29, desiring to know the path that leads to the ending of all impermanence and anguish, and to ensure his permanent well-being, he renounced everything of the world, becoming a homeless ascetic, vowing to find the path to ultimate enlightenment and resolving to teach others what he had discovered about the Four Noble Truths and the chain of causation to achieve Nirvana. Kanishka, a fervent Buddhist, is best remembered today for sponsoring the first great Buddhist conference at Kanish Vihar, that led to the adoption and promotion of Mahayana Buddhism, a school of thought that revered the life of Buddha as much as his spiritual teaching. The great bronze plaques that recorded the conference proceedings have never been found, but we are fortunate to have a report of the conference from the Chinese scholar Hien Tsang. The Buddha coinage was probably struck as a special issue in conjunction with the conference, and the image of Buddha would have made a stunning impact at the time. Buddha had previously only been represented in symbolic form, but under Kanishka the fusion of Greek and Indian culture led to the portrayal of Buddha in human form. Kanishka’s coins were among these first representations and provide the earliest firmly datable images of the Buddha in any artistic medium. Significantly, our coin provides proof that the known Buddha dinars are from just one closely linked issue. Two varieties of the Buddha dinar are known, with either a single halo (British Museum specimen) or a double halo (Hirayama and Boston specimens). Our example, struck from the same obverse die as the British Museum piece and the same rev
A Rare Greek Gold Stater of the Seleucid King Seleukos I Nikator
A Rare Greek Gold Stater of the Seleucid King Seleukos I Nikator
SELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Seleukos I Nikator. 312-281 BC. AV Stater (8.51 g, 10h). Uncertain mint 19 in Baktria (Baktra?). Struck circa 290/86-281 BC. Head of Apollo right, wearing laurel wreath / BASILEWS SELEUKOU, Artemis driving biga of elephants right, holding reins in both hands while arming bow with arrow; monogram above [and to right]. SC 257 (this coin mentioned); SCB 1.1, 4 (A1/P1; this coin); ESM 331; Houghton 1034 = NFA XVIII, 279; Treasures of Ancient Bactria (Miho Museum, 2002), 44 i and j (both ex Mir Zakah II deposit) (all from the same dies). EF, reverse slightly off center. Extremely rare, one of six known (all from one pair of dies), of which four are in museums (London, Berlin, and two in Miho). The extraordinary types on this inaugural gold coinage for Seleukid Baktria have particular dynastic and historical importance to the Seleukids. Apollo, who appears on the obverse of this issue, was the patron god of the royal house, and the official ancestor of Seleukos. His representation in the form of Apollo Delphios became the primary reverse type for the Seleukid precious metal coinage over the next century. The elephant chariot reverse type was introduced in the Seleukid coinage at Seleukeia on the Tigris and Susa around the tenth anniversary of the conclusion of Seleukos’ Indian campaign in 305 BC, and the type was assimilated at most mints thereafter. In the settlement with Chandragupta, Seleukos was given 500 war elephants which directly contributed to his success over the Antigonids at the battle of Ipsos in 301 BC. The elephant biga type was therefore an important representation of Seleukid power, but it was also a link to Seleukos’ predecessor in the east, Alexander the Great, whose exploits in India were often commemorated in coinage by elephant biga types. CNGTritonX, 389

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