Tetradrachm (King on elephant, w/Shiva), Huvishka (152-180 AD), Kushan Empire

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King riding elephant right, PAONANA PAO OOhpKE NOPANO / OKPO, four-armed God Shiva standing left, holding a trident and a wreath, tamgha in the left field. 25mm, 15.55 grams. Mint of Taxila or Pushkalavati. Mitchiner ACW #3221-3223. SKU T1349-50757

Shiva, also known as Mahadeva, is one of the principal deities of Hinduism. He is the supreme being within Shaivism, one of the major traditions within contemporary Hinduism.

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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