Tetradrachm (cross-legged King, w/Athsho), Huvishka (152-180 AD), Kushan Empire

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Cross-legged King seated on decorative clouds, PAONANA PAO OOhpKE NOPANO / Nimbate Fire-God Athsho standing left, wearing a long cape and holding a wreath, crude AΘPO in the right field, tamgha in the left field. 25mm, 14.82 grams. Mint of Balkh. Mitchiner ACW #3246-3248. SKU T1343-50836

Athsho was a Kushan god of fire derived from Atar, Atash, or Azar - the Zoroastrian concept of holy fire. Athsho is also linked with the Greek god Hephaistos, the great Olympian god of fire, metalworking, stonemasonry. 

Huvishka was the emperor of the Kushan Empire from about 150 CE until the succession of Vasudeva I about thirty years later. His rule was a period of consolidation for the Empire. Huvishka's territory encompassed Balkh in Bactria to Mathura in India, locations were it is known that he minted his coinage. His reign seems to have been essentially peaceful, consolidating Kushan power in northern India, and moving the center of the Kushan Empire to the southern capital city of Mathura.



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