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Ancient Kushan Coin Pendant.

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This hand made double sided Sterling Silver Pendant has been made for us, 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 robed standing figure, possibly representing “Ardochscho”(?) holding an offering on one side, on the other a horseman warrior/king with raised arms.

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.

We’ve deliberately left the backs open on this pendant to allow you to view the reverse of the coin for verification.
The pendant has some simple granulation and a twisted wire border with a loose suspension ring ( mm) to easily accomodate a medium chain or a silver choker.

There are also more Ancient Coin pieces listed in Modern Jewellery as the Sterling Silver settings are Modern.

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

Size: Diameter of coin/face 14 mm. Length including suspension loop 28 mm.

Weight: 3 grams.