This gold dinar issued by Kushan Empire ruler Vasudeva is listed for INR 55,000 in an upcoming electronic auction of Todywalla that will be held on 22nd November 2020.
The Kushan Empire was one of the most prosperous empires of India during ancient times. The Kushan Empire was established by king Kujula Kadphises in 78 AD, by gradually carving out a kingdom in the north-western part of ancient India.
King Vasudeva ruled the Kushan Empire between 191 CE and 232 CE; he ruled the part of northern India. After sitting on the throne of the Kushan Empire he had a deal with the rise of Sasanians and the first incursions of the Kushano-Sasanians in the northwest of his territory.
This gold dinar was issued by him during his rule in the Kushan Empire. The obverse of this coin depicts ‘king nimbate standing left, holding a trident to right, making an offering at an altar to left, above which is a garlanded trident with Kharoshti legend Paonanopao Bazoho Kopano’. The reverse of this coin is inscribed as ‘Shiva standing facing before Nandi bull, holding a trident in right and noose in left, tamgha in upper left field with label Ohpo on right field’.
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