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Indian Coins, Kushan. Wima Kadphises , 95-127 AD, Gold Double-Dinar (15.77 grams; 22.4 mm.), die-axis 12 o'clock.

Obverse: Bactrian legend in Indo-Greek script around BACIΛEYCOOH MOKAΔΦICHC King Wima Kadphises. The king, wearing helmet and diadem, seated cross-legged facing on clouds, head turned right; holds club in right hand; his head is surmounted by a trident, both shoulders flaming, a royal symbol (tamgha) in left field.

Reverse: Legend in Kharosthi around MAHARAJASA RAJADIRAJASA SARVALOGA ISVARASA MAHISVARASA HIMAKAPISASA TRADATA The Great King of Kings, Lord of the world, Great Lord, Wima Kadphises, the Great Saviour. Siva standing, his back facing, head turned left, flames rising from head, holds trident in left hand; drapery over right arm and resting arm on bull Nandi; standing right behind him. In left field, auspicious symbol Siva Nandipada or Buddhist Triratna (Three Jewels) ?. Very fine.

          They are many variations in design, this extremely rare type is genuine gold coin of the Imperial mints, seldom found outside museum collections. If one does not find the die similarity, one should treat them with caution.