KUSH-18 Click on image for enlargement.


Indian Coins, Kushan. Huvishka I , 150-190 AD, Gold Dinar (7.95 grams; 18.35 mm.), die-axis 12 o'clock.

Obverse: Bactrian legend around ÞAONANOÞAO OOηÞKIKOÞANO The King of Kings, Huvishka the Kushan. Upper part of king facing, head left, emerging from clouds, diadem; flame rising from shoulders; wear rounded helmet; hold a mace in raised right hand, elephant goad in left hand.

Reverse:. OKþO in Bactrian script, OESHO. God Siva, nimbate, standing facing, head left, wears necklace, and has four arms and hands, in which are, vase, elephant goad, thunderbolt, trident, and a goat, the last by the horns. A royal symbol (tamgha) in left field. Surround by a border of dots.

          The coin is die-identical with the specimens in the collection of the British Museum, London, England. (AN783768001), (AN783769001), (AN783770001)

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