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Kusana Coins and History

The scions of a Central Asia's nomadic tribe, (called Yueh-chi), KUSHANAS descended upon the plains of northern India -- sometime around the first century after Christ. And gradually built a great, vastly extensive empire i....read below

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The scions of a Central Asia's nomadic tribe, (called Yueh-chi), KUSHANAS descended upon the plains of northern India -- sometime around the first century after Christ. And gradually built a great, vastly extensive empire in the Yamuno-Gangetic region. But, owing to a marked deficiency of indigenous literary sources, Kushana history has continued to be the sport of conjecture. Or, for the last 200 years or so, an area of chroniclers' debate, involving scholars: both Indian and European.

A numismatist of international renown, Dr. P.L. Gupta examines myriad coins of the Kushanas, including some of the very recent finds, to convincingly resolve the chronological puzzles of these Indo-Scythian kings: from their very rise in mid-second century ad to their final extinction in circa 370 ad. Corroborating the conclusions of his lifetime research on coins, with inscriptional material, he elicits fresh evidence on various important aspects of Kushana history: ranging from span of their era to the domains of their political authority.

Barring the inclusion of two papers, written by Dr. Sarojini Kulashreshtha, this volume is an exquisite presentation of Dr. Gupta's writings on numismatics and related historical aspects. Now offered with highly representative visual material, extensive bibliographic references, and an elaborate introduction, these papers, when pieced together, evolve a stimulating framework for the scholars working on Kushana history.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124600177
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124600171
  • Edition : 2nd Impression
  • Year : 2004
  • Pages : 218 p
  • Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index; 31 B/w photographs
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 350 gm

Introduction
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
List of Illustrations

1. Eastern Expansion of the Kushana Empire
2. Date of Kushana Currency in the Eastern India
3. Gold Amulets and the Kushana History
4. Date of Kanishka
5. Kanishka, Son of Huvishka
6. Kushana-Murunda Rule in Eastern India

Gold Amulets or Medallions
Gold Coins as Ornaments
Gold Coins
Copper Coins

North Bihar -- North of the River Ganga -- Western Bihar -- Border of U.P. -- South BIhar -- South of Ganga, Magadha -- Chhota Nagpur Region ? Ancient Jharkhand -- Orissa -- Andhra Pradesh -- Bengal

7. Romano-Kushana Medallion: Nature and Importance
8. Chronology of Post-Vasudeva Rulers and Allied Tribes
9. Quarter-Stater of Kanishka

Addenda

10. Coins of Vashishka
11. Kushana Coins from Mathura Region
12. Kushanas in the Yamuno-Gangetic Region

Vima Kadphises in the East
Huvishka I -- Father of Kanishka
Huvishka II and III
Theory of Conjoint Rule -- A Fallacy
Vasudeva -- More than One
Post-Vasudeva Kushana Rulers
Decline of the Kushanas
The Epoch of the Kanishka (Kushana) Era

Bibliography
Index

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