Gautama Buddha as seen in the
Gold Dinara of Kanishka
Kushana's coins reveals a great deal about the rulers, coins were used
as a media to propagate Kings superiority. They reveal how the images
of kings wished to be seen, and the religious practise. Coins were
the carriers for official propaganda of greatness of Kings and deities
of the empire. Kushanas devised their coins with various Gods of
culturally, ethnically diverse population of the empire. It
is evident through Kanishka's coins which carried images of Buddha in several
poses, that he had been a great patron of Mahayana Buddhism.
Vasudeva's coins reveals that he is a convert to Hinduism
and a devotee of Mahisvara (Oesho). The motif of the shoulder fire
on Vima, Vasudeva-I, Huvishka and Kanishka-I coins, symbolizes the super
natural power of the kings (connection with Athso - the Fire God).
LAST UPDATED 1st Nov 2001
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