Yuezhi. Arseiles. Late 1st century BC. AR Hemidrachm. Very rare. The design of this coin imitates the design of the Indo-Greek hemidrachms but with the name of a very rare Yuezhi chief and a stylized lion of Babylonian tradition in the reverse Ancient confederation of the silk road west of China. The Yuezhi 月氏 was a nomadic power that dominated much of the silk road west of China before being invaded by the Xiongnu and scattered out of the area which is now Xinjiang and central Asia. They eventually migrated west, invaded the Indo-Bactria kingdoms of Northern India and established the powerful Kushan Dynasty. Source: Wikipedia. The Yuezhi civilisation featured heavily in ancient a Chinese historical accounts. In particular during the Han Dynasty, the famous ambassador Zhang Qian made a historic diplomatic mission under the order of Han Wudi to forge an alliance against their common enemy, the Xiongnu. His accounts described the Yuezhi with distinct Greco Asiatic features such as deep set eyes and thick beards. There were also circumstantial association of the Tarim or Tocharian Mummies of Xinjiang China being the ancestors of the Yuezhi. These Tocharian Mummies were fascinating as they had distinct European features in what is in Western China. Source: Historicmysteries.com The migration of the Yuezhi from Northwest China to modern Transoxania eventually led to their conquest of the Greco-Bactrian Empires descended from Alexander. Amongst them, a factional tribe known as the Kushanas consolidated power and conquered large swathes of land from Northern India, thus establishing the great Kushan Empire that dominated much of India after the Mauryan Empire of Ashoka. .