INDIA, Post-Mauryan (Punjab). Kunindas. Amoghabuti, circa 150-80 BC. Drachm (Silver, 17 mm, 2.12 g, 12 h). RAJNAH KUNINDASYA AMOGHABHUTISYA MAHARAJASYA ('Great King Amoghabhuti, of the Kunindas' in Brahmi) Deer standing right with raised head; to right, goddess Lakshmi standing front, holding long-stemmed lotus in her right hand and placing her left on her hip. Rev. RAJNAH KUNINDASYA AMOGHABHUTISYA MAHARAJASYA ('Great King Amoghabhuti, of the Kunindas' in Brahmi) Six-arched hill with nandipada above, swastika and split standard on the left and tree in railing on the right; below, river. JONS 218, Fig. 42. An extremely rare variety with a single-arched hill under the deer. Sharply struck and nicely toned. Nearly extremely fine.
From a collection of coins from Central Asia.
The Kunindas were a native Indian dynasty on the foothills of the Himalayas. Their coinage includes this magnificent issue showing a deer standing next to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, knowledge and spiritual enlightenment.