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

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King riding elephant right, PAONANA PAO OOhpKE NOPANO / God Vado running left, OADO in the right field, tamgha in the left field.  Mint of Taxila or Pushkalavati. 24mm, 13.80 grams. Mitchiner ACW #3224. SKU T1383-51065

Rare type for Huvishka.

God "Vado" is Vata-Vayu, the dual-natured Zoroastrian divinity of the wind (Vayu) and of the atmosphere (Vata). Although there is currently no god representing Vata, there is the god Vayu representing air. Vayu is a primary Hindu deity, the lord of the winds and the spiritual father of Hanuman and Bhima.

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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