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Ancient Coins of Afghanistan to India
Scythians, Dahae of Choresmia, c. 130 - 1 B.C.

|Afghanistan| |to| |India|, |Scythians,| |Dahae| |of| |Choresmia,| |c.| |130| |-| |1| |B.C.||drachm|
Dahaeans were a confederacy of three Ancient Iranian tribes who lived in the region to the immediate east of the Caspian Sea. They spoke an Eastern Iranian language.
SH62929. Silver drachm, Mitchiner IGIS 5, 671; Mitchiner ACW 355, VF, weight 1.373 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, obverse diademed bearded bust right, ΚΩΔ behind; reverse HOΛOVKVO (or similar), soldier standing facing, spear vertical in right; rare; SOLD

Nezak Huns, Anonymous, c. 515 - 650 A.D.

|Afghanistan| |to| |India|, |Nezak| |Huns,| |Anonymous,| |c.| |515| |-| |650| |A.D.||drachm|
The Nezak Huns succeed the Hepthalites as rulers of a region comprising greater Afghanistan. They were contemporaries of the later Sasanians.
WA59131. Silver drachm, Gbl Hunnen Em. 198; Mitchiner ACW 1510, VF, weak reverse, weight 3.372 g, maximum diameter 25.6 mm, die axis 90o, Kabul mint, c. 515 - 650 A.D.; obverse Pahlavi inscription: 'NPKY MLK', bust right wearing winged bull's head crown, Pahlavi 'A' behind; reverse fire altar with two attendants, flanked by two wheel symbols above control marks; SOLD

Indo-Parthian, Gondophares I, c. 19 - 46 A.D.

|Afghanistan| |to| |India|, |Indo-Parthian,| |Gondophares| |I,| |c.| |19| |-| |46| |A.D.||tetradrachm|
Gondophares I was the founder of the Indo-Parthian Kingdom and its most prominent king, ruling c. 19 - 46 A.D. He belonged to a line of local princes that had governed the Parthian province of Drangiana since its disruption by the Indo-Scythians, c. 129 B.C. During his reign, his kingdom became independent from Parthian authority and was transformed into an empire, which encompassed Drangiana, Arachosia, and Gandhara. He is known from the Acts of Thomas, the Takht-i-Bahi inscription, and his coins. He was succeeded in Drangiana and Arachosia by Orthagnes, and in Gandhara by his nephew Abdagases I.
WA93621. Bronze tetradrachm, Senior 213.1bT; Mitchiner IGIS vol. 8, 1083; BMC Bactria p. 105, 13; Klein 778, VF, off center obverse, uneven strike with parts of legends unstruck, marks, earthen deposits, weight 8.478 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 0o, N. Arachosia, Demetrias (Ghazni, Afghanistan) mint, c. 19 - 46 A.D.; obverse Greek legend: BACIΛEΩC CΩTHPOC YNΔOΦEPPOY (king, saviour, Hyndopherres, starting at 1:00), bearded bust of king Gondophares I right, wearing triple diadem tied in a loop, small bust; reverse Kharoshti legend in Brahmi script: Maharajasa Gudaphanisa Tratarasa (king, saviour, Gondophares), Nike standing right, wings back, raising wreath in extended right hand, palm frond over left shoulder in left hand; from the Errett Bishop Collection; scarce; SOLD



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