Soter Megas (King of Kings)
Kushan Empire, Ancient India
AE Didrachm, derived from Attic standard copper didrachm / reduced Indian standard copper tetradrachm
Bust of Miiro facing right, 10 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
[ΒΑCΙ]ΛΕΩ[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
22.50mm, 8.8g, 12h
Near VF, green and black patina, minor patina chip at 2 o'clock, some green encrustations on reverse
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'.