KUSH-08 Click on image for enlargement.


Indian Coins, Kushan. Kanishka I , 127-150 AD, Gold Dinar (7.93 grams; 18.7 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 altar left.

Reverse: APΔOXÞO in Bactrian script, ARDOXSHO. Goddess wearing modius and nimbate, clad in chiton and himation; standing right holds a carnucopiae of flower, royal symbol (tamgha) in right field. 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. (AN174238001)

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