INDIA, KIDARITES in GANDHARA, Kidara: Sasanian style Silver drachm, naming Kidara as Alchon. SCARCE & CHOICE!

Ancient Coins - INDIA, KIDARITES in GANDHARA, Kidara: Sasanian style Silver drachm, naming Kidara as Alchon. SCARCE & CHOICE!
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Obverse Bust of king facing, wearing ornate crown with central globe flanked by ornamental ribbons, two additional ribbons on either side as diadem ends, Brahmi legend above, at left: Kidara Ku, at right: shana Sha
Reverse Fire altar, with bust of Ahura Mazda emerging from the flames above, armed attendants standing left and right, Brahmi legend below: Alakha
Date c. 4th century CE
Weight 3.86 gm.
Diameter 29 mm.
Die axis 3 o'clock
Reference Göbl Hunnen 11
Comments An important coin! Note the close parallels of the crown with the gold type of Kidara. We have here a clear legend in Brahmi identifying Kidara. The reverse legend is normally read as Sulakha, but I believe this is a mis-reading. I believe the correct reading is Alakha, and indicates that Kidara was an Alchon Hun, or Chionite, a matter that has been speculated but generally disregarded.
Price SKU: 540.01
US$ 275.00
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