KUSH-05 Click on image for enlargement.


Indian Coins, Kushan. Kanishka I , 127-150 AD, Gold Dinar 7.85 g. 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, a border of dots.

          The coin is die-identical with the specimen in the collection of the British Museum, London, England. (783679001).

          There are several variations of this type, because of different dies.
A very rare genuine gold coin of the Kushan Imperial mints, solid gold coin not a filled metal electrotypes / reproductions.