KUSH-20 Click on image for enlargement.


Indian Coins, Kushan. Vasu Deva I , 190-230 AD, Gold Dinar (7.8 grams; 18.6 mm.), die-axis 12 o'clock.

Obverse: Bactrian legend around þAONANOþAO BAZOAηO KOþANO The King of Kings, Vasu Deva the Kushan. The king standing facing, head left, clad in conical helmet and suit of mail, diadem and nimbate; holds right hand sacrificing over altar; beside which, a trident with ribands fixed in the ground; holding a standard in left hand, a sword at his waist.

Reverse: OHþO in Bactrian script, OESHO. God Siva standing facing, holding wreath and trident, bull standing left behind him, a royal symbol (tamgha) in left field. Surrounded by a border of dots.

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