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The Kushanas, Soter Megas, 80-100 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Soter Megas (King of Kings)
City/Region:
Kushan Empire, Ancient India
Denomination:
AE Unit
Composition:
Copper
Date:
80-100 AD
Obverse:
Radiate and diademed bust of a helmeted king with fillets over flowing shoulders faces right and is clad in himation; one hand holds a lance bound with fillets; monogram behind the head; reel and pellet border
Reverse:
The king faces right and rides a horse also facing right; has flowing fillets; monogram below the mouth of the horse; circular Greek legend reconstructed reads: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΣΥWΝ CWΤΗΠ ΜΕΓΑC
Size:
22mm
Grade:
Choice EF
Reference:
Kushana Numismatics pg. 94 No. 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'. This actual coin is displayed on the wikipedia page for Vima Takto (alias Soter Megas).