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Ancient Coinage of Indo-Scythians, Kanishka I (Kanerkes)


It is still a matter of debate when Kanishka became King of the Kushans. The debated dates vary hugely, 57 BC, 78 AD, 115 AD, 127 AD, 134 AD, 144 AD, 230 AD and others. I am using the 128 AD date.

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BMC 2Indo-Scythian Kings. Kanishka, 127-140 AD. AE 18mm. BACILEUC BACILEWN KANHRKOU, King standing left, wearing helmet and diadem, clad in coat, trousers and cloak, sacrificing at altar left, holding spear in left hand / HLIOC, Helios, radiate, diademed, standing left, wearing chiton and himation, right hand outstretched, left hand on hip, monogram to left. BMC 2. TextImage
BMC 16Kanishka I, Kushans, AV Dinar, 7.1 gr, 20.3 mm. ca. 127-150 AD. PAO NANO PAO KANhPKI KANO (King of Kings Kanishka Kushan), king standing left, wearing helmet and diadem, wearing coat, cloak and trousers, holding elephant-goad over altar, and spear, sword at his side, from his right shoulder emerges a flame / BODDO, nimbate Buddha standing facing, raising hand before him in gesture of abhayamudra, ("have no fear") and holding robe, on the palm of the right hand is engraved a ring which signifies a wheel; tamgha to right. BMC 16.TextImage
BMC 34Kanishka, Kushans, AE Tetradrachm. 15.38 gr, 25.70 mm. 127-140 AD. PAO KANhPKI, the king, clad in coat and trousers, standing left by altar, holding spear / AQRO, Hephaistos, the god of metals, standing left, holding wreath in left hand, tongs in left hand, which is resting on his hip. Tamgha of Kanishka to left. Appears to have been overstruck on an earlier coin. BMC 34; Whitehead 92.TextImage
BMC 46Kanishka, Kushan Kingdom, AE Tetradrachm, 17.00 grams, 25.07 mm. 78-103 AD. DAO KANhPKI, the king, wearing helmet and diadem, clad in coat and trousers, standing left with right hand outstretched over altar, holding spear in left hand / MIOPO, The Sun-god Mithras, standing left, diademed with radiate disk, clad as the king, right hand outstretched and resting left hand on sword at waist, tamgha to left. BMC 46; Whitehead 68.TextImage
BMC 49Kanishka I, Kushan empire. AE Tetradrachm. 16.77 gr, 25.52 mm. 127-140 AD. DAO KANhPKI, the king, wearing helmet and diadem, clad in coat and trousers, standing left with right hand outstretched over altar, holding spear in left hand / MIIPO, The Sun-god Mithras, standing left, diademed with radiate disk, clad as the king, right hand outstretched and resting left hand on sword at waist, tamgha to left. BMC 49; Whitehead 73.TextImage
BMC 54Kanishka I AE Quarter Unit, 4.74 gr, 18.14 mm. 127-140 AD. DAO KANHDKI, King standing left, wearing tall helmet, long heavy coat and trousers, beside small altar, holding vertical sceptre or spear / NANA (on the left, downwards), Nanaia, nimbate and diademed, head surmounted by crescent, standing half-right, holding transverse sceptre ending in the rudimentary representation of the forepart of a horse leaping right, tamgha to right. BMC 54; Smith, Calcutta 7; Whitehead 97; Sear -.TextImage
BMC 62Kanishka, Kushans, 127-152 AD, AE26 Tetradrachm. King standing left, wearing helmet and diadem, clad in long coat and trousers / OADO to right of wind god Oado running left, holding the ends of his cloak in both raised hands. Tamgha to left. BMC 62. TextImage
Gobl 47Kushan Kingdom. Kanishka I. 127-140 AD. Gold quarter dinar (2.01 gm). A, emission 2. King standing left, right shoulder flaming, cloak flying, sacrificing over altar & holding goad in right hand & spear in left / Athsho, god of fire, standing left, holding wreath in extended right hand, tamgha below in left field.TextImage
Gobl 50 Kushan Kingdom. Kanishka I. 127-140 AD. Gold quarter dinar (1.99 gm). A, emission 2. King standing left, right shoulder flaming, cloak flying, sacrificing over altar & holding goad in right hand & spear in left / Nanaia, nimbate, standing right, holding sceptre in right hand & box in left, tamgha in right field. TextImage
Gobl 58 Kushan Kingdom: Kanishka I, 127-140 AD, AV stater (7.91g). G-58, Kanishka standing facing, head left, sacrificing over altar & holding standard, flame at right shoulder / goddess Mao (the Moon) diademed, lunar horns at shoulders, standing facing, head left, right hand extended in benedictional gesture & holding sceptre, tamgha to left. TextImage
Gobl 73Kanishka I, Kushans, AV Quarter Dinar, 2.02 grams, 12.16 mm. ca. 127-150 AD. PAO NANO PAO KA....NO (King of Kings Kanishka Kushan), king standing left, wearing helmet and diadem, wearing coat, cloak and trousers, holding elephant-goad over altar, and spear, sword at his side / BODDO, nimbate Buddha standing facing, raising hand before him in gesture of abhayamudra, ("have no fear") and holding robe; tamgha to right. Goebl, Kushan 73; MK 73.TextImage
Gobl 79Kushan Kingdom. Kanishka I. 127-140 AD. AV dinar (7.98 gm). B, emission 1. King standing left, right shoulder flaming, cloak flying, sacrificing over altar & holding goad in right hand & spear in left / Mithra standing left, radiate nimbus around head, extending right hand over tamgha & resting left hand on sword hilt. TextImage
MACW 3170 Great Kushans, Kanishka, c. 127-140 AD, AE 1/4 Unit (17mm, 3.31gm), Jammu & Kashmir. O: King standing left, sacrificing over altar. R: Ithyphallic Siva standing left. MACW 3170-3171. TextImage
Mitchener 3068Kanishka I, Kushan Kingdom. ca. 127-152, AE Quarter unit (4.25g). King standing left beside altar, holding trident, Bactrian legend, control mark in left field / OHPO, Siva standing left, holding trident. Mitchener 3068.TextImage
MK 66 Kushans, Kanishka I. 127-140 AD. AV Dinar. FAONANAOFAO KA-NHFKI KOFANO, Kanishka standing facing, head turned left, flames on shoulder, holding standard in his left hand, sacrificing over altar to left / BODDO, Buddha, nimbate, standing facing, wearing samghati (a long pleated garment), his head with eyes wide open and large moustache, ashnisha on head, urna between eyebrows, his right hand is raised in the gesture of reassurance, left holding a pleat of his robe; tamgha to right. TextImage
MK 67 Kushans, Kanishka I AV Dinar. Kanishka, diademed, & in long tunic & pants, with flames at shoulder, stands left sacrificing over altar; a standard is held in the left hand. / Shiva, nimbate & standing facing, holds in one of four arms a thunderbolt, a flask, a trident, & the horns of the goat standing to the right; large tamga at lower left; his name, "Oesho," at right in Graeco-Bactrian script. Rosenfield 37. TextImage
MK 73 Kushans, Kanishka I. 127-140 AD. AV Quarter Stater (1.78 g, 12h). Kanishka standing facing, holding standard, sacrificing over altar to left; trident to left / BODDO, nimbate Buddha standing facing, raising hand and holding robe; tamgha to right. TextImage
Whitehead 97Kanishka I 'Nanaia' AE Didrachm or Half-Unit. 8.58 g, 21.20 mm. 127-140 AD. DAO KANHDKI (Shao Kaneshki), King standing left, wearing tall helmet, long heavy coat and trousers, beside small altar, holding sceptre / NANA (on left, downwards), Goddess Nanaia, diademed and draped, standing right, holding short sceptre in right hand; monogram to right. Mitchiner ACW 3071-3073; Whitehead 97.TextImage
Whitehead 106 Kanishka I, AE Tetradrachm or Unit, 127-140 AD, DAO KANHPO, King in Kushan dress, standing facing, head left, right hand over altar, trident in left hand / OHPO, Siva, standing left, holding noose, drum, trident and gourd. Tamgra in left field. Whitehead 106. TextImage
Whitehead 110Kanishka AE18, 3.58 grams, 17.48 mm. Indo-Scythia. 127-140 AD. PAO KANHPKI, King standing left, wearing peaked helmet, long coat and trousers, sacrificing at altar left, holding spear in left hand / OHPO, Shiva, two armed, standing left, holding trident and gourd or human head. Whitehead 110; cf BMC 71 ("OKPO"); Sear-.TextImage
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See also: 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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