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Ancient Kushan Bronze Coin Pendant.

Sorry, this  old coin pendant is no longer available. We may have others just search old coin on here, or pop into our shop in Greville St.

This hand made Sterling Silver Pendant has been made for us, set with an Ancient Bronze Coin from Bactria (now called Afghanistan,) from the Kushan Period. (Circa 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 to Central Asia, then East into China along the Silk Road.

This coin has an image of an unclothed (?) standing figure, with arms lowered possibly a God.

Even when two coins have been struck from the same die, 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, and deforming horizontally in the process.
If these coins were more uniform it would be far easier for our silversmiths to set them.
As it is it’s difficult fitting such random shspes and not accidently polishing the coin finishing the silver.
Extreme care and skill is imvolved, in what we probably take for granted.
Whilst perfectly duplicating, matching designs and shapes indicate casting from a single original, which is certainly not the case with these coins.

We’ve deliberately left the backs open on these pendants to allow you to view the reverse of the coin for verification, although this one is pretty encrusted.
The bronze has an excellent dark patina and an incomplete surface of encrustation, leave it alone.
Some will wear off revealing more dark bronze but don’t scratch it trying to remove the soil.
Let it happen by itself.

And certainly DON’T polish it!

The suspension ring is 3 mm wide to take a chain or fairly fine dhoker.

We may also have similar Ancient coins set in silver listed in our Modern Jewellery section, as the Sterling setting is contemporary.
Please note, too, stocks of these items are limited.

Age: Circa 125 BC – 357 AD.

Size: Diameter of coin/face 24 mm, 32 mm total length including suspension ring .

Weight: 11 grams.