KUSH-17 Click on image for enlargement.


Indian Coins, Kushan. Huvishka I , 150-190 AD, Gold Dinar (7.82 grams; 19 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, diadem, wears rounded helmet and holding a mace in raised right hand, elephant goad in left hand.

Reverse: MANAOBAΓO in Bactrian script, Manaobago. Four-armed moon-god seated facing on throne, head turned right, wear helmet, crescent behind shoulders, feet resting on footstool; holding in upper left hand scepter, and in lower left hand wreath; upper right hand holding balls, the only lower right hand shown rests on hip; a royal symbol (tamgha) in right field. Surrounded by a border of dots.

          The coin is die-identical with the specimen in the collection of the British Museum, London, England. (AN1127724001)

          They are many variations in design, this very rare type is genuine gold coin of the Imperial mints. If one does not find the die similarity, one should treat them with caution.