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Ancient Bronze Kushan Coin Ring.

This hand made Sterling Silver Ring has been made for us, in Indonesia, set with an ancient Silver Coin from Afghanistan, from the Kushan Period. (125 BC – 357 AD)
The Kushans invaded from the North, coming out of China beating the Scythians then overrunning the Bactrian Empire that had continued after the death of Alexander the Great.
They adopted the Bactrian Greek text and are known for their Hellenistic influenced statuary and imagery as seen in Ghandaran Buddhism.
From India Buddhism became popular under the Emperor Kanisha (191 AD. – 225 AD.) spreading North, then East into China along the Silk Road.

This coin has an image of a bearded face of either a King or God and trident.

Even when two coins have been struck from the same dies, they vary.
This is because to produce a coin in ancient times a slug of red hot metal was struck between two engraved bronze dies.
The hot slug then squished out of shape between them, taking the detail onto its surface, deforming horizontally in the process.

Perfectly duplicating, matching designs and shapes indicate casting from a single original, which is not the case with these coins.

During its setting the coin has received a light polish, this has removed some of the patina on the high points and so revealed the shiny metal beneath. This will tone down quite quickly, simply mellowing with wear but also revealing the original design.

You may decide to polish it with a dry Silver Polishing Cloth occasionally, it's up to you., but use restraint you want to retain some age.

Age: Circa 125 BC – 357 AD. (I’ve been told it dates from about 50 BC.)

Size: Diameter of coin/face 13 mm, finger size “L” (US 5.75).

Weight: 8 grams.