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. (AN650251001)

          This extremely rare type is genuine gold coin of the Imperial mints, seldom found outside museum collections. If one does not find the die similarity, one should treat them with caution.