KUSH-09 Click on image for enlargement.


Indian Coins, Kushan. Huvishka I , 150-190 AD, Gold Dinar (8.0 grams; 19.1 mm.), die-axis 12 o'clock.

Obverse: Bactrian legend around ÞAONANOÞAO OOΗÞKIKOÞANO The King of Kings, Huvishka the Kushan. The king seated cross-legged facing, head left, diadem and nimbate; flames rising from both shoulders, wears conical helmet, holds spear in left hand over shoulder, holding mace in right hand.

Reverse: ηÞAΓΛO in Bactrian script, HERAKLIO. Bearded Heracle standing, naked facing, head left, right hand holding club, left hand holds lion-skin and a round ball, a royal symbol (tamgha) in left field. Surrounded by a border of dots.

          The coin is die-identical with the specimen in the collection of the British Museum, London, England, (174079001).

          This extremely rare type is genuine gold coin of the Imperial mints, solid gold not a filled metal electrotypes / reproductions.