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Ancient Kushan Silver Coin Earrings.

Sorry, this particular pair of "ancient coin" earrings are on hold.  If you're after them just let us know as some more similar ones may be available soon.

These hand made Sterling Silver earrings have been made for us, setting two ancient Silver coins 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.

These two short silver earrings have a pair of similar silver coins, which actually have different images of a robed standing figure, possibly representing “Ardochscho”(?) holding an offering.

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.

We’ve deliberately left the backs open on these earrings to allow you to view the reverse of the coin for verification.

There may be similar earrings listed in our Modern Jewellery section, as the Sterling Silver settings are Modern.

Age: Circa 125 BC – 357 AD. (I’ve been told they date from about 50 BC.)

Size: H 27 mm including hook x W 15 mm.

Weight: 9 grams.