JOUAN-JOUAN unit no date (circa 195-230 AD)


JOUAN-JOUAN, unit, no date (circa 195-230 AD), Obverse:probably King seated on dais, though I had thought for a while that it was King on elephant L, which is the “wrong” way, Reverse: Mithra standing L, bronze, 22mm, 6.82g, MA3357, cleaned VF

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A nicer than average specimen, too bad about the cleaning. The weight is about quadruple normal for a Jouanjouan coin.

The Jouan-jouan were nomads who invaded northwestern Afghanistan, Balkh is the major city, around 195 AD and took it away from the Kushans. They were there until about 230 AD, when they were driven out by the Sasanians. Their coinage consisted of light and crude imitations of Huvishka Kushana’s coins.

The earliest ancient Indian coins were the “bent bar” punchmarked silvers of the Achaemenid Persians occupying Gandhara in northwest Pakistan. By the 3rd century BC coins were in general use in most of India and Ceylon, and in subsequent centuries struck round coins in gold, silver, and copper came into use throughout the subcontinent and beyond to Southeast Asia and Pacific islands to Java and beyond.