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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-WH0099
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Maker:  Vima Kadphises
Denomination:  Drachm
Place made:  Asia: Afghanistan
Culture:  Kushan
Date made:  110-127 AD
Metal:  Base Metal
Diameter (cm):  2.55
Weight (g):  10.39
Axis (degrees):  0.00
BIRBI-WH0099.jpg

Description:  Obverse: Vima Kadphises standing, head turned to right, wearing tall cap boots and heavy coat, making offering over fire altar with his right hand and holding hilt of sword with his left. In left field is a trident, in right field is a club and tamgha. Reverse: God (Wesho or Shiva) standing with hair tied in top knot, wearing dhoti, holding trident in right hand, before bull facing right. In left field a nandipada (imprint of Nandi, Shiva's bull's hoof).

Inscriptions:  Obverse: ΒΑCΙΛΕΥC ΒΑCΙΛΕΩΝ CΩΤΗΡ ΜΕΓΑC OOHMO KAΔΦΙCHC (Vima Kadphises king of kings, the great saviour). Reverse: [In Kharoshthi] Maharajasa rajadirajasa sarvaloga isvarasa mahisvarasa Vima Kathphishasa tradara ([Coin of] the great king, the king of kings, lord of the world, the Mahishvara, Vima Kathphisha, the defender).

Bibliography:  BM 1845,0613.77; Whitehead I-GC (1914) p.184.

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