AUD $240.00
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Ancient Kushan Silver Coin Ring.

Sorry, this fine ring is no longer available. However, we may still have a similar one. 

This hand made Sterling Silver Ring 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 man (King or God) mounted on a horse holding his arm raised, possibly in triumph or offering. 

I might add too, that the coin has a slight rattle if you shake it, don't worry it means "it has a heart", it's quite secure, but has an opinion of its own.

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.

Whilst this coin appears the same as that in AR112, there are real design differences, not just manufacturing variations  and I've just looked at them under a magnifying lamp which shows they are real, with a smooth patina which doesn't come accross well in the photos.

There are also a couple of distinct spots of rich turquoise coloured verdigris indicating the presence of copper impurities in the silver alloy. And also there's a fine crack in the coin beneath the horse, I assume this is a manufacturing mark and is visible in the blow ups but in real life only in very close scrutiny.

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

In this case revealing symbols or writing and an elegant standing robed figure that holds items, probably offerings or indications of rank.

We may still have a similar ring listed under Modern Jewellery, as whilst the coin is old, the ring is contemporary.

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

Size: Diameter of coin/face 13 mm, finger size “O” (US 7).

Weight: 8 grams.