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Indian Coins, Kushan. Kanishka I , 127-150 AD, Gold Dinar (8.21 grams; 18.7 mm.), die-axis 11 o'clock.

Obverse: Bactrian legend around ÞAONANOÞAO KANΗÞKI KOÞANO The King of Kings, Kanishka the Kushan. The king standing facing, head left, wearing helmet and diadem, clad in coat and trousers, and cloak; a sword at his waist, flames on shoulder, holding a spear in his left hand, and elephant goad in his right hand, sprinkling incense over fire altar left.

Reverse: ΛÞOOAΣΠO in Bactrian script, IROOASPA. Bearded deity Drvaspa (a Zoroastrian god of horse), standing facing, head right, diadem clad in sleeved tunic, holding out a wreath over the head of a horse beside him facing right, a royal symbol (tamgha) in right field. Surrounded by a border of dots.

          This extremely rare type is genuine gold coin of the Imperial mints, solid gold not a filled metal electrotypes / reproductions.