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Kushan Kingdom, Gold Coin Late Kushan Period Shaka 8.00 grams / 25.25-24.60x2.84mm / The coin designs usually broadly follow the styles of the preceding Greco-Bactrian rulers in using Hellenistic styles of image, with a deity on one side and the king on the other. Kings may be shown as a profile head, a standing figure, typically officiating at a fire altar in Zoroastrian style, or mounted on a horse. The artistry of the dies is generally lower than the exceptionally high standards of the best coins of Greco-Bactrian rulers. Continuing influence from Roman coins can be seen in designs of the late 1st and 2nd century CE, and also in mint practices evidenced on the coins, as well as a gradual reduction in the value of the metal in base metal coins, so that they become virtual tokens. Iranian influence, especially in the royal figures and the pantheon of deities used, is even stronger.[2] Under Kanishka the royal title of "King of kings" changed from the Greek "??S????S ??S???O?" to the Persian form "?AONANO?AO" (Shah of Shahs
Dimensions: 25.25-24.60x2.84mm*
Weight: 8.00 grams*
* (estimate/approximately)

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Ancient Kushan Gold Coin Late Kushan Period Shaka

Estimate $3,500 - $4,900Sep 10, 2018
3651 Lindelll Road
Suite D506
Las Vegas, NV 89103
United States
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