KUSH-07 Click on image for enlargement.


Indian Coins, Kushan. Kanishka I , 127-150 AD, Gold Dinar (7.73 grams; 18.6 mm.), die-axis 11 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 an elephant goad in his right hand, sacrificing over altar left.

Reverse: OÞΛAΓNO in Bactrian script, ORLAGNO. War-god (Bahram) standing facing, head right, wearing diadem, helmet surmounted by eagle, and clad like the king; holds in right hand a spear and left hand at hilt. A royal symbol (tamgha) in right field. Surrounded by a border of dots.

          The coin is die-identical with the specimen in the collection of the British Museum, London, England. (783696001).

          They are many variations in design, this rare type is genuine gold coin of the Imperial mints, solid gold not a filled metal electrotypes / reproductions.