Fouree drachm, Amoghabhuti (100 BC), Kuninda Kingdom, India (Kumar#I1)

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Deer standing right, crowned by two cobras, attended by Lakshmi holding a lotus flower; Legend in Prakrit (Brahmi script): Rajnah Kunindasa Amoghabhutisa maharajasa / Stupa surmounted by the Buddhist symboltriratna, and surrounded by a swastika, a Indradhavjha (the "Y" symbol), and a tree in railing; Kharoshti legend Rana Kunindasa Amoghabhutisa maharajasa ("Great King Amoghabhuti, of the Kunindas"). 16mm, 1.58 grams. MACW 4440-4441 (for the basic type); Sanjeev Kumar (JONS 218 (2014)) #I-1.

This is a fouree (silver-plated coin), made by counterfeiters in ancient times, so their coin could pass into circulation as a silver coin. The only Kuninda fouree I've seen, these are very uncommon.

The Kingdom of Kuninda (or Kulinda in ancient literature) was an ancient central Himalayan kingdom documented from around the 2nd century BCE to the 3rd century, located in the southern areas of modern Himachal Pradesh and far western areas of Uttarakhand in northern India. One of the first kings of the Kuninda was Amoghbhuti, who ruled in the mountainous valley of the Sutlej and Yamuna rivers (in today's southern Himachal and far western Uttarakhand in northern India). The Greek historian Ptolemy linked the origin of the Kuninda to the country where the rivers Beas, Sutlej, Yamuna and Ganges originate.


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