Copper Unit of Kushan ruler Vima Takto

01 Jan 2021  Fri

Vima Takto was a Kushan ruler; he sat on the throne of the Kushan Empire in 80 CE and ruled it until 90 CE. We can find the reference of Vima Takto in the Chinese Historical Chronicle of the Hou Hanshu, with his father Kujula Kadphises.

The Kushan is also spelt as Kusana, they were one of the five branches of the Yuezhi confederation. Their origin is connected to Central Asia. The Kushan Empire made use of the Bactrian Greek language for an administrative purpose, during the later period.

This copper unit that weighs around 1.42g was issued by king Vima Takto during this rule in the Kushan Empire. The obverse of this coin depicts ‘King standing holding trident and lion skin, monogram to left and letter Vi to right’. The reverse of this coin depicts ‘Ardoksho standing holding cornucopia ‘.

Image Courtesy: Todywalla Auction

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