Kushan Empire,Vasudeva II, Stater

The Kushan Empire spread from the North of India deep into Central Asia, and was a center of trade. Here sea trade across the Indian Ocean connected with overland trade along the Silk Road to Europe. The money of the Kushan was therefore trade money. The coins were mainly golden, with some issues from bronze for local trade. Silver coins were rarely issued. The gold coins were wonderful works of intercultural diversity. The denomination was the stater, the most important Greek denomination. As coin metal the Kushan used Roman gold coins, which they smelted and reminted. Their coin motifs were Hindu and Buddhist, Greek, Persian and Sumerian-Elamite deities. This stater shows king Vasudeva II (c. 275-310 AD) with a trident and a scepter, sacrificing over an altar. On the reverse is Ardochsho, the goddess of Good Fortune. She equates with the Greek Tyche and the Roman Fortuna, respectively, and is also presented in a similar way.