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, 11 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
ΒΑCΙΛΕ[ΩC ΒΑCΙΛEΥΩΝ CΩΤΗ]P 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
20.08mm, 8.3g, 10h
gVF, dark patina with earthern highlights, well centred, tight flan
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'.