Silver drachm of Napki Malka (after ca.576 AD), Turko-Hepthalites in Gandhara - with a "beetle" countermark

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Bust right wearing bull headdress; SRIO ShAHO and a letter 'A' behind bust, countermark in shape of a small beetle / Attendants and a fire altar, derived fromthe Sassanian coins, two 8-spoked sun wheels in upper fields. Beautiful largecoin, very dark toned silver, 29mm, 2.42 grams. MACW 1491-1494.In 576 Turko-Hepthalites overran the Nezak posessions in Bactrian and Gandhara, and replaced the standard "Nezak Malka" with a new "Napki Malka" type (replacing the Bull crown with this spiky crown).