Wardak Stupa deposit, south-east Afghanistan
Gandhara period, late 2nd century AD
Coins and devotion...
As well as being used as money, coins can symbolise spiritual well-being, fertility, or other sorts of wealth. People living in the Kushan Empire seem to have believed that the bounties that gods bestow on their followers could be represented by material wealth. Worshippers could express their devotion through gifts of coins, with the religious merit often exceeding the monetary value of the gift.