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    INDIA. Kushan Empire. Vima Kadphises (ca. AD 100-127/8). AV dinar (8.09 gm). Mint A. Diademed and crowned half-length bust of Vima Kadphises left, arising from on clouds, holding mace-scepter and eagle-headed hilt; in right field, tamgha / Ithyphallic Siva, nimbate, standing facing, head left, holding trident and he-goat skin; in left field, tamgha; in right field, Buddhist Triratana. Göbl 19 (O-/R27, obv. die not recorded). Rare. Well centered and sharply struck. Choice extremely fine.

    The types of this coin illustrate the fusion of Hellenistic Greek, Central Asian steppe, and Indian Hindu and Buddhist cultures. The obverse portrays Vima Kadphises as a godlike ruler rising from the clouds, wearing traditional steppe headgear as well as the diadem of a Greek king while the reverse portrays the Hindu god Shiva as well as the Buddhist triaratna ("three jewels") symbol. There is also a Roman element involved here if we consider that the gold from which this coin was made probably came from melted down aurei used to pay for eastern luxuries.

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