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Ancient Kushan Bronze Coin Ring

 

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 an image of what appears to be a very simplified standing figure (usually a God or King).

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.

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.

Size: Diameter of coin/face 20 mm, finger size “Q” (US 8.25).

Weight: 14 grams.