Kushan Kings, Soter Megas, AE Didrachm, 90-113 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Soter Megas (King of Kings)
City/Region:
Kushan Empire, Ancient India
Denomination:
AE Didrachm, derived from Attic standard copper didrachm / reduced Indian standard copper tetradrachm
Composition:
Copper
Date:
90-113 AD
Obverse:
Bust of Miiro facing right, uncertain number of rays emanating from his head, wearing diadem with ribbons to left and cloak; holding ribboned arrow in raised right hand; three-pronged tamga to left; dotted border
Reverse:
[ΒΑCΙΛΕΩ[C] ΒΑCΙΛEΥΩΝ CΩΤΗP ΜΕΓΑC] ('King of kings, great saviour'), King riding horse to right, wearing soft Iranian cap with long diadem ribbons, nomad jacket and trousers; holding pickaxe in raised right hand; three-pronged tamga to right
Size:
20.62mm, 8.6g, 12h
Grade:
VF, attractive desert patina, tight flan, obverse off centre, high relief
Reference:
ANS Kushan 177 ff.; Kushana Numismatics p. 94, 49; Senior ISCH B17 type

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. Not much is known about Vima Takto, Soter Megas. In fact until the discovery of his name he was referred to as the 'Nameless King'.