KUSH-14 Click on image for enlargement.


Indian Coins, Kushan. Huvishka I , 150-190 AD, Gold Dinar (8.04 grams; 18.2 mm.), die-axis 12 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 chlamys over armour, holds a mace in raised right hand, elephant goad in left hand, flames on right shoulder.

Reverse: MAO and MIIþO in Bactrian script, MAO, MIIPO. Beard moon-god standing facing, head right, diadem; crescent behind shoulders; hold in right hand, scepter, bound with fillet; in left hand elephant goad: and sun-god standing facing, head left, radiate; right hand advanced; in left hand a scepter, bound with fillet; between them a royal symbol (tamgha). Surrounded by a border of dots.

          The coin is die-identical with the specimen in the collection of the British Museum, London, England. (AN783757001)

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