INDIA, KUSHAN: Huvishka AE tetradrachm, Elephant-rider/Ardochsho. RARE & CHOICE!

Ancient Coins - INDIA, KUSHAN: Huvishka AE tetradrachm, Elephant-rider/Ardochsho. RARE & CHOICE!
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Obverse King riding on elephant right, holding ankus, or elephant goad, Bactrian legend around: �aonano�ao oo...h�ki Ko�ano.
Reverse Goddess of plenty Ardochsho standing left, nimbate, holding cornucopia in left arm, right hand outstretched, proffering diadem, Bactrian legend at right: APΔOX&Thorn;O, tamgha at left.
Date c. 150-191 CE
Weight 11.24 gm.
Diameter 23 mm.
Die axis 12 o'clock
Reference G�bl 878, MAC ---
Comments Huvishka's coppers come with three different obverses: the elephant-rider, the couch-recliner, and the cross-legged, and with numerous reverse deities.

This coin is a rare type, unlisted in Mitchiner, and is very significant. Ardochsho is shown here nimbate and holding out a diadem. In his Rabatak inscription, Kanishka had named the Goddess Nanaia as the source of his royal status, and this coin illustrates that Ardochsho is a reincarnation of Nanaia, as she is here the one bestowing the royal diadem on Kanishka's son Huvishka.


Price SKU: 527.12
US$ 80.00
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