AUD $110.00
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Ancient Kushan Bronze Coin Ring.

Sorry, this special ring is no longer available. However we may be receiving some similar ones soon. 

 

This hand made Sterling Silver Ring has been made for us, in Kathmandu, set with an ancient Bronze 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 a crescent of Greek text and an abstract shape which I can't quite decipher, but think is a King's profile. This same coin has been used in AR125, flipped it shows a standing God (on the reverse) it also reveals this profile more clearly inside the ring.

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.

This coin was struck off centre hence the crescent of text and the main image missed almost completely.

The coin retains its full dark chocolaty patina revealed as highlights on the highest surfaces, the recesses retain their dark oatmeal encrustation from long burial.

You may decide to polish the silver with a dry Silver Polishing Cloth occasionally, it's up to you., but use restraint you want the coin 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 20 mm, finger size “R” (US 8.75).

Weight: 14 grams.