Kushan Dynasty: Vima Kadphises (c. 100-128 AD), AE Tetradrachm
Ancient Indian Coinage
Vima Kadphises (c. 100-128 AD), AE Tetradrachm,
First Bilingual series, Kapisa mint
Weight: 16.34 gms approx
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Obverse: King in Kushan dress, standing facing, head left, hand over altar at left, trident-battleaxe in left field, tamgha and (lateral) club in right field. Crudely engraved, somewhat corrupt, Greek Legend BAC(I)ΛEYC BAC(IΛEWN CWTHP MEΓAC) OOHM KAΔΦICHC (Basileus Basileon Sotir Megas Ooim Kadphisis) (King of Kings, Vima Kadphises, the Great Saviour)
Reverse: Ithyphallic three-headed Lord Shiva, wearing necklace; sacred thread over left shoulder, trident in right hand; left hand resting on Nandi (bull) standing right behind, Buddhist triratana (“Three Jewels”) symbol to left. Around: Kharosthi legend “ma(harajasa rajadhi?)rajasa (mahisvarasa?) sarvaloka isvarasa Hima Kathphishasa tratara” (Emperor, king of kings, Maheshwara, god of all realms, Vima Kadphises)