KUSH-16 Click on image for enlargement.


Indian Coins, Kushan. Huvishka I , 150-190 AD, Gold Dinar (8.02 grams; 18 mm.), die-axis 12 o'clock.

Obverse: Bactrian legend around ÞAONANOÞAO OOηÞKIKOÞANO The King of Kings, Huvishka the Kushan. The king riding on elephant facing right, right hand holds a scepter and left hand an elephant goad.

Reverse: APΔOXÞO in Bactrian script, ARDOXSHO. Female deity Ashi Vanghuhi standing right, holds in both hands carnucopiae, a royal symbol (tamgha) in right field. Surrounded by a border of dots.

          The coin is die-identical with the specimens in the collection of the American Numismatic Society, New York, U.S.A. (1948.34.1). Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, England.

          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.