KUSH-15 Click on image for enlargement.


Indian Coins, Kushan. Huvishka I , 150-190 AD, Gold Dinar (7.82 grams; 16.7 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, holding a mace in raised right hand, elephant goad in left hand, flames on right shoulder.

Reverse: ΣKANΔOKO M BIZAΓO AþO in Bactrian script, SKANDO KOMANO, BISAGO. Goddess Skanda on left and Visaka on right. Standing face to face nimbate; each wearing chlamys and necklace, and sword at waist; but Skanda hold in right hand, standard surmounted by bird; Visakha helds in left hand, spear; between them a royal synbol (tamgha). Surrounded by a border of dots.

          The coin is die-identical with the specimen in the collection of the British Museum, London, England. (AN896000001)

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