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Kushan Empire, Wima Kadphises, c. 113 - 127 A.D.
Vima Kadphises was the father of the great Kanishka I. This is an example of the bi-lingual tetradrachm with a Kharoshthi legend on the reverse. The bi-lingual bronze coinage was issued in three denominations - a tetradrachm (or unit), a didrachm (or half unit) and a drachm (or quarter unit).
WA87807. Bronze tetradrachm
, cf. ANS Kushan
277, Mitchiner ACW
3012, Göbl Kushan
762, VF, tight flan
slightly off center cutting off part
of legends, some marks, some porosity
, Begram (Bagram, Afghanistan) mint, weight
16.911g, maximum diameter
27.2mm, die axis
, c. 113 - 127 A.D.; obverse
BACIΛEVC BACIΛEWN CWTHP MEΓAC OOHMO KA∆FICHC (king
of kings, great savior, Wima Kadphises), King
standing facing, sacrificing at flaming altar
from right hand, left hand on hilt of sword, wearing diadem with long ribbon ties, tall bonnet, and open knee length tunic over baggy trousers, trident-axe on left, tamga over upright club on right; reverse
: of great king
of kings, lord of the world, great lord, Wima Kadphies, savior), god Oesho (resembles Shiva) facing, leaning on bull standing right, wearing string of amulets across chest, nude but for sheer drapery around legs, erect lingam, trident in right hand, left hand on bull's hump, nandipada
upper left; ex ECIN, ex Spartan Numismatics; SOLD
Catalog current as of Monday, March 25, 2019.
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