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          Wima Kadphises' successor was Kanishka I, who like his predecessor, issues coins only in gold and copper; but unlike him, he prefered one type for his portrayal, standing dressed in a long tunic, mantle held by double clasp at the chest and a low round cap, sacrificing at an altar and holding a spear in his left hand, rarely found the profile bust facing to right or left, but at the same time he did not confine the reverse of his coins to any one particular diety. He ended the bilingual tradition of Greek and Kharoshthi and retained only Greek for a while and issued coins with the legend BASILEOS BASILION KANISHKOU KUSH-06. On the reverse of these coins, he introduced three deities with greek names, HELIOS, SALENE KUSH-06 and HEPHAISTOS but none of the figures bearing these names portrayed coins are Greek in their iconographic forms. He soon discarded Greek and introduced a new language, the Mid-Iranian (Bactrian) or Khotanese Saka on the other side of his coins. From now on, Kanishka's coins bear the legend SHAONANO SHAO KANESHKI KOSHANO KUSH-03, KUSH-04, KUSH-05, KUSH-07, KUSH-08. On the reverse of these coins are placed a number of deities, male and female bearing the Iranian names.

          Kanishka I also retained SIVA of his predecessor's coins under the name OESHO (BHAVESHA or HAVESHA) and introduced the figure of Buddha with the legend BODDO or SAKAMANO BODDO (Sakyamuni Buddha) KUSH-03.