Kushan Empire, Ancient India
þAO KANHþKI ('King Kanishka'), King standing facing, head to left, with long beard, making an offering at a small fire alter with extended right hand; wearing diadem and round-brimmed Iranian cap, cloak double-clasped at the chest worn over knee length tunic, trousers and boots; holding spear with left hand, armed with long sword with curved hilt held by buckled belt; dotted border below feet
AΘþO, God of metals Athsho standing facing, head turned to left; wearing diadem with ribbons to right; cloak around shoulders clasped at chest worn over calf-length tunic; holding diadem wreath with two ribbons in extended right hand, clasping fire tongs with left hand on hip; tamga to left; dotted border
25.51mm, 17.2g, 12h
gVF, attractive light-green patina, reverse slightly off centre, smooth fields
ANS Kushan 459 ff.; Göbl 772; MAC 3082-84
The Kushan empire was formed by Yuezhi, in the Bactrian territories in the early 1st century. It stretched to encompass the entire northern subcontinent of India and includes what is today Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Kushans used the Baktrian language, employing the use of Greek script to write Baktrian, as evidenced in their coinage. Kanishka I or Kanishka the Great, was a Kushan emperor well known for his vast empire and military achievements.