Coin of Kanishka

Date: ca. 130

Culture: Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)

Medium: Gold

Dimensions: Diam. 9/16 in. (1.4 cm)

Classification: Metalwork

Credit Line: Bequest of Joseph H. Durkee, 1898

Accession Number: 99.35.3024


The Great Kushan rulers minted these gold coins in the second and early third centuries. They follow a Roman weight standard, and the rulers present themselves in relation to a range of Near Eastern and South Asian deities, such as the Shiva on the reverse of Vasudeva's coin.