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Indian Coins, Kushan. Kanishka I , 127-150 AD, Gold Dinar (7.78 grams; 18.4 mm.), die-axis 12 o'clock.

Obverse: Bactrian legend around BAΣIΛEYΣ BAΣIΛEΩN KANHþKOY, (coin) of Kanishka, King of Kings. The king standing facing, head left, wearing helmet and diadem, clad in coat and trousers, and cloak, a sword at his waist, flame on right shoulder, holding a spear in his left hand, right hand sacrificing over altar left.

Reverse: ΣAΛHNH in Bactrian script, SELENE . Male deity Selene standing facing, head left, diadem, clad in chiton and himation; crescent behind shoulders, right hand extended in benedictioned gesture, left hand holding long scepter bound with fillet, sword girt round waist. A royal symbol (tamgha) in left field. Surrounded by a border of dots. Very fine.

          The coin is die-identical with the specimens in the collection of the British Museum, London, England. (AN783646001), (AN949203001)

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