KUSH-13 Click on image for enlargement.


Indian Coins, Kushan. Huvishka I , 150-190 AD, Gold Dinar (8.10 grams; 18.6 mm.), die-axis 11 o'clock.

Obverse: Bactrian legend around ÞAONANOÞAO OOΗÞKIKOÞANO The King of Kings, Huvishka the Kushan. Upper part of the king facing, head left, emerging from clouds, diadem, wears rounded helmet and holding a mace in raised right hand, elephant goad in left hand.

Reverse: MAACΗNO in Bactrian script, MAASENO. Mail diety war-god Mahasena (a synonym for Karttikeya) standing facing, nimbate and diadem, clad in Indian waist-cloth and chlamys, holds in right hand a standard surmounted by bird and with left hand resting on sword at his side; 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. (1613226500).

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