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Ancient Coins of Afghanistan to India
Nezak Huns, c. 580 - 680 A.D.

|Afghanistan| |to| |India|, |Nezak| |Huns,| |c.| |580| |-| |680| |A.D.||hemidrachm|
This type has a Nezak bust on the obverse with the the Alchon tribe tamgha on the reverse. The Alchon Huns were a nomadic people who established states in Central Asia and South Asia during the 4th to 6th centuries. The Alchon were succeeded by the Nezak late in the 6th century.
WA95890. Bronze hemidrachm, Vondrovec 231, Göbl Hunnen 231, aVF, dark patina, earthen deposits, die wear, weight 2.573 g, maximum diameter 23.9 mm, Kabul (Afghanistan) mint, c. 580 - 600 A.D.; obverse Pahlawi: NYCKY (Nezak), Nezak style draped bust right, wearing mustache and crown with three crescents, conch shell before, double border, four star-in-crescents in outer margin; reverse trace of Alkhan tamgha (removed from the die?), double border, four star-in-crescents in outer margin; from the Michael Arslan Collection; very rare; $90.00 (€73.80)
 


Indo-Greek Kingdom, Baktria, Antialkidas Nikephoros, c. 130 - 120 B.C.

|Indo-Greek| |Kingdoms|, |Indo-Greek| |Kingdom,| |Baktria,| |Antialkidas| |Nikephoros,| |c.| |130| |-| |120| |B.C.||AE| |22|
Brahmi is the modern name for a writing system of ancient India. The Brahmi script appeared in South Asia in the third century B.C. Its descendants, Brahmic scripts, continue to be in use today in South Asia and also in Southeast Asia.
GB95884. Bronze AE 22, HGC 12 261 (R2), SNG ANS 1106, Bopearachchi 15a, Fair/Fine, corrosion, earthen deposits, weight 4.467 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 0o, Baktria mint, 130 - 120 B.C.; obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ NIKHΦOPOY ANTIAΛKI∆OY, bust of Zeus brandishing thunderbolt; reverse Brahmi: Maharajasa jayadharasa Amtialkidasa (of Great King Antialkidas the Victory-bearer), two caps of Dioskouroi with palm branches in center, monogram below left; from the Michael Arslan Collection; rare; $80.00 (€65.60)
 


Kushan Empire, Wima Takto, c. 90 - 113 A.D.

|Kushan| |Empire|, |Kushan| |Empire,| |Wima| |Takto,| |c.| |90| |-| |113| |A.D.||didrachm|NEW
Wima Takto was long known as "The nameless King," since his coins only showed the legend "The King of Kings, Great Savior." The discovery of the Rabatak inscription connected his name with the title on the coins. Wima Takto's empire covered northwestern Gandhara and greater Bactria towards China, where Kushan presence has been asserted in the Tarim Basin. Under his reign, embassies were also sent to the Chinese court. This type circulated in Bactria, the Kabul valley, Gandhara and the Punjab.
WA93162. Copper didrachm, ANS Kushan 196 (same obv. die), Mitchiner ACW 2957, aVF, some corrosion, weight 8.371 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, probably Begram mint, c. 90 - 113 A.D.; obverse diademed and draped bust of sun-god Miiro right, 5 rays radiating from his head, arrow tied with ribbons raised in right hand, 3 pronged tamga left; reverse BACIΛEV BACIΛEWN CWTHP MEΓAC (king of kings, great savior), king on horseback right; wearing soft Iranian cap, diadem with long ties, nomad jacket and trousers, pick-axe in right hand, 3 pronged tamga right; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $50.00 (€41.00)
 


Coinage In Ancient India, Volume 1 and 2, 1990

|Numismatic| |Books|, |Coinage| |In| |Ancient| |India,| |Volume| |1| |and| |2,| |1990|
A Numismatic, Archeaeochemical and Metallurgic Study of Ancient India Coins. A detailed study of the chemical analysis of coins of ancient India that yields detailed information on the composition of important ancient alloys, and the microscopic examination of their structure that reveals metallurgical techniques used in antiquity.
BK21947. Coinage In Ancient India, Volume 1 and 2 by Swami Satya Prakash Saraswati and Rajendra Singh, Delhi, 1990, 553 total pages, used, ex Forum Library, cover wear and tear, international shipping at actual cost of shipping; $40.00 (€32.80)
 










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