Coin of Kanishka, Gold, Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)

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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 235
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.
Inscription: inscription along edge of obverse and reverse of coin, in Kharosthi
Joseph H. Durkee , New York and Paris (by d. 1898; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Pala-Sena Period," 2007.