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Indian Coins, Kushan. Kanishka I , 127-150 AD, Gold Dinar (7.85 grams; 17.25 mm.), die-axis 12 o'clock.

Obverse: Bactrian legend around þAONANOþAO KANηþKI KOþANO The King of Kings, Kanishka the Kushan. The king standing facing, head left, wearing helmet and diadem, clad in coat and trousers, and cloak; a sword at his waist,flames on right shoulder, holding a spear in his left hand, and elephant goad in his right hand, sacrificing over an altar left.

Reverse: MAO in Bactrian script, Mao. Male deity (moon-god) standing facing, head left, diadem, clad in chiton and himation; crescent behind shoulder, right hand extended in benedictioned gesture and a sword girt round waist, holds in left hand a long scepter, bound with fillet. A royal symbol (tamgha) to right. Surrounded by a border of dots. Very fine.

          The coin is die-identical with the specimen in the collection of the British Museum, London, England. (AN508559001)

          They are many variations in design, this rare type is genuine gold coin of the Imperial mints.