KUSHAN, Vima Kadphises, c. 105-130 AD, bronze


KUSHAN, Vima Kadphises, c. 105-130 AD, unit, no date, Taxila mint (maybe Pushkalavati too), Obverse: king standing facing, head L, altar and trident on left, tamgha with club below-lateral on right, BASILEUS BASILEWN SWTHR MEGAS OONMO KADFISHS, legend separated by king’s hat, Reverse: Siva & bull, MAHARAJASA RAJADIRAJASA SARVALOGA ISVARASA MAHISVARASA VIMMA KAThPhIShASA TRATARA, bronze, 26mm, 16.88g, MA3023, F

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Wima Kadphises enlarged the Kushan domains to west and east. He reformed the coinage, issuing the first Kushan gold.

The Kushans started as nomads but became cosmopolitan when the conquered Gandhara in western Pakistan. They controlled their section of the Silk Road trade, and patronized Buddhism.

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.