Kushan Empire, Kanishka I the Great, c. 127 - 150 A.D.
Kanishka I the Great ruled an empire in extending from Turfan in the Tarim Basin to Pataliputra on the Gangetic plain, c. 127 - 150 A.D., with his capital at Purusapura in Gandhara. He is famous for his military, political, and spiritual achievements. His conquests and patronage of Buddhism played an important role in the development of the Silk Road, and the transmission of Mahayana Buddhism from Gandhara across the Karakoram range to China. AW84802. Bronze
, 768, 3077, 46, 68, aVF, thick , some, 17.632 g, maximum 24.8 mm, 315o, Purusapura(?) mint, c. 128 - 150 A.D.; Bactrian : PAO KA-NhPW ( Kanishka), standing half left, diademed left, sacrificing at at feet on left, long vertical in left hand; sun god Mithra standing left, around , raising right hand commanding , left hand on sword hilt at side, tamgha left, Bactrian : MIIRO curving downward on right; ;
Kushan Empire, Shaka, c. 325 - 345 A.D.
This coin has a Brahmi "Shaka" in the right , in the same place where Vasudeva II's coins read "Vasu." It is natural to suppose that perhaps Shaka was the name of the who issued the coin. There is a mention of one "Devaputra Shahi Shahanshahi Shaka Murunda" in Samudragupta's famous Allahabad , as one of the rulers who paid him homage. In this context, Shaka could be a title, it could refer to a tribe, or it could be a personal name. In any case, it seems to be related to the Shaka coins. did not think Shaka was the name of a ruler; rather, he thought the coins were tribal issues, but Michael and many other authors do think Shaka was a . SH85122. Gold dinar,
585; cf. 1671, 760 - 762, gVF, small hairline , scratch on , 7.823 g, maximum 19.7 mm, 0o, uncertain mint, c. 325 - 345 A.D.; Shaka standing left, sacrificing over , filleted staff in left hand, filleted trident to left, Brahmi bhi to right of , Brahmi sya below arm, Brahmi Shaka outer right; goddess Ardoxsho enthroned facing, diadem in right hand, cradling in left arm, tamgha upper left; SOLD
Kushan Kingdom, Gadahara, c. 320 - 360 A.D.
, 3592, 608, aEF, 7.796 g, maximum 21.8 mm, 0o, standing facing, sacrificing at at left, trident above left; Brahmi inscriptions: KaPa left, PiRyaSa below arm, GaDaHaRa right; goddess Ardochsho (Lakshmi) enthroned facing, , crescent on top of , garland in right hand, in left hand, tamga left; SOLD
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