|Lot 450. India, Ayodhya city state . Sivadatta. Ca. 1st Century B.C. Æ coin (15 mm, 1.59 g). Bull standing left, with Brahmi legend (Si)vadatasa above / Female deity (Goddess Lakshmi?) standing facing in centre, flanked by tree-in-railing and Ujjain symbol. NOT listed in Allan, Mitchiner and Pieper . An important early depiction of Lakshmi. Very rare.
This standing form of Lakshmi is not recorded in any catalog. Allan records only the Shivadatta variety with seated Lakshmi being lustrated by two elephants (Abhisheka-Lakshmi) (Pl. XLIII, 4-5).
Estimate: US$ 150