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Ancient Kushan Bronze Coin Ring.

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This fine hand made Sterling Silver Ring has been made for us, set with an ancient Bronze Coin from 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, then East into China along the Silk Road.

This coin has an image of a bearded King with a crescent moon and an inverted trident.

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.

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

The coin is set into a silver cup, showing a fine circle of silver, with a ball of silver at either end of the oval leading down into the slim ring.

The coin itself has a nice deep patina, however during the silversmithing the highest points were polished and are now picked out with fine copper details.
These will gradually darken, but are not offensive as they are, the raised details being clearly defined. 
To avoid over polishing them use a dry Silver Polishing cloth only on the silver.

Age: Circa 125 BC – 357 AD.

Size: Diameter of coin/face 22 mm, finger size “O” (US 7.25).

Weight: 8 grams.