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Extremely rare! Bronze unit of Raja Gunadasena (?) from Banavasi, ca.1st century AD, Karnataka, India

Extremely rare! Bronze unit of Raja Gunadasena (?) from Banavasi, ca.1st century AD, Karnataka, India

Bull standing left, branch behind, Brahmi inscriptions .... Ja Sri GuNa(Da?)SeNa Ra / Five annulets arranged as a cross (imitating the Ujjain symbol?), bow and a Panchala-style trident. 19mm, 1.01 grams. Unpublished? The ruler is given the title "RaJa" (?) on this coin, though it seems to be broken in an unusual way. This coin, as well as a few pieces similar to it that recently appeared on the market, are reported to come from the town of Banavasi from Karnataka. Banavasi was a mint town, but the style of these coins is much more similar to the coins coming from much farther north, from the territories of the Panchalas (some of these coins have a Panchala-style trident on the reverse) and the Kunindas (the overall style of the coin). However, the attribution to Banavasi seems to be widely accepted (though, as I said, I have my doubts). Banavasi is one of the oldest towns in the Karnataka state. It has grown up around the Madhukeshwara Temple built in the 9th century and dedicated to Lord Shiva[ the supreme God in Shaivism, a major branch of Hinduism.

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