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Anonymous Indo-Sassanian silver drachm w/SRI HA, Chahamanas in Rajasthan, ca.900-1100 CE, North India

Anonymous Indo-Sassanian silver drachm w/SRI HA, Chahamanas in Rajasthan, ca.900-1100 CE, North India

Very stylized crowned bust (based on the Hunnic coins of Vasudeva), wearing winged and turreted headdress, SRI HA in Brahmi characters in front of the bust / Stylized fire altar with attendants on both sides. 23mm, 3.98 grams, decent silver. Mitchiner NIS 365ff; Maheshwari "Imitations in Continuity" #1030ff.

Decent silver, nice large coin. These coins are of unknown provenance - they are found in the Rajasthan and nearby areas, but it is uncertain who issued these coins. Mitchiner attributed them to the Pratihara-Palas (780-980 CE). There were also attempts to attribute them to the Gohillas of Mewar or to the Rashtrakuta governors of Gujarats. They are often attributed to Pratiharas, but they are from a slightly later and different issue, and that attribution is wrong. Mahrshwari, in "Imitations in Continuity" suggests they originate with the Chahamanas, who occupied Rajasthan in the likely period when these were struck - the hoard evidence Maheshwari gives supports this provenance.

Chahamanas of Shakambhari, colloquially known as the Chauhans of Sambhar, were an Indian dynasty that ruled parts of the present-day Rajasthan and its neighbouring areas between 7th to 12th centuries. The territory ruled by them was known as Sapadalaksha. They were the most prominent ruling family of the Chahamana (Chauhan) clan, and were categorized among Agnivanshi Rajputs in the later medieval legends.The Chahamanas originally had their capital at Shakambhari (present-day Sambhar). Until the 10th century, they ruled as Gurjara-Pratihara vassals. When the Pratihara power declined after the Tripartite Struggle, the Chahamana ruler Simharaja assumed the title Maharajadhiraja. In the early 12th century, Ajayaraja II moved the kingdom's capital to Ajayameru (modern Ajmer). For this reason, the Chahamana rulers are also known as the Chauhans of Ajmer.
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