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Ancient Coinage of Indo Scythians & Kushans, Vima Kadphises


Vima Kadphises (Kadphises II) was the father of Kanishka I. His time of rule is given as either 105-120 AD or 95-115 AD.

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BMC 12Vima Kadphises II, Kushan empire. AE tetradrachm, early 2nd century AD. BACILEYC BACILEWN CWTHP MEGAC OOHMO KADFICHC, King standing facing, sacrificing at fire altar at left, club, axehead-shafted trident to left, tamgha (Whitehead symbol 4) to right / Kushan legend, Siva standing facing, holding trident and deerskin, bull Nandi standing right behind; w on o at upper left. BMC 12; Whitehead 36.TextImage
BMC 27Baktria, Kadphises II. 95-115 AD. AE Tetradrachm (16.60 grams, 27.03mm). BACILEVC BACILEWN CWTHR MEGAC ooHMo KADFHCEC, King standing left sacrificing over altar, trident and axe to left, club and tamgha to right / Karosthi legend, Siva, radiate, holding trident; standing facing before humped bull right, Nandipada symbol (hoof print) in left field. Mitchiner ACW 3033ff; BMC (Greek and Scythic kings of Bactria and India), P. 128, 27. TextImage
CNG 224,300Kadphises II, Kushans, AE drachm, 17mm, ca. 95-115 AD. 2.97 g. Kadphises standing facing, head right, holding sceptre or trident in right hand, placing left on hilt of sword; tamgha of Kadphises II to right / Siva standing facing, holding diadem and trident; behind, the bull Nandi standing left; tamgha to upper left. MK -; Donum Burns -; BMC -: Whitehead -. Possibly unrecorded. CNG Auction 224, lot 300.TextImage
Goebl 15Kushan Kingdom, Vima Kadphises AV Dinar. Mint A, emission 4. Bust of king left on cloud, holding mace in right hand & sword hilt in left, right shoulder flaming, tamgha in right field / Shiva standing facing, head left, holding trident in right hand & club in left, lion skin draped over left arm, tamgha in left field, nandipada in right field. TextImage
Goebl 19Vima Kadphises, Kushan King, Gold dinar, c. first quarter of 2nd. Century. 7.95 gm., 21 mm. BACILEUC OOH .. MO KADFICHC, Crowned, diademed torso of king left, holding club and elephant goad / Kharoshti legend: maharajasa rajadirajasa sarvaloga isvarasa mahisvarasa Vima Kathphishasa tratara, ithyphallic Siva standing facing, head left, holding trident and deerskin. Göbl 19, MAC 3004.TextImage
Goebl 764Vima Kadphises AE drachm or quarter unit, c. first quarter of 2nd. Century. 4.06 gm., 18 mm. BACILEYC BACILEWN CWTHP MEGAC OOHMO KADFICHC, King standing facing, sacrificing at fire altar at left, club, tamgha and axehead-shafted trident in fields / Kharoshti legend: maharajasa rajadirajasa sarvaloga isvarasa mahisvarasa Vima Kathphishasa tratara, Siva standing facing, holding trident and deerskin, bull Nandi right behind. Göbl 764, MAC 3050.TextImage
Whitehead 36Vima Kadphises, Kushan King, AE tetradrachm, Kushan Mint. 105-120 AD. BASILEYC BASILEWN CWTHP MEGAC OOHMO KADFICHC, King standing front in panoply, head left, making an offering over a small altar; monogram and club to right; trident-battleaxe to left. / Kharosthi legend around, Siva radiate, standing facing, wearing necklace, holding trident in right hand and leaning left arm on bull; monogram to left. Whitehead 36; MA 3009ff.TextImage
See alsoIndo-Greek Coins available from TimeLine Originals - www.time-lines.co.uk
R. Whitehead's excellent catalogue, Coins in the Punjab Museum, free download from archive.org
Coins of Greek and Scythic Kings of Bactria and India in the British Museum, free download from google books)

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