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Indo-Sakas in Western India, silver drachm, Visvasimha (ca.275-282 AD) as Kshatrap - rare fine style early issue

Indo-Sakas in Western India, silver drachm, Visvasimha (ca.275-282 AD) as Kshatrap - rare fine style early issue

Bust of Visvasimha, with corrupted Greek legend (Indo-Greek style), date in Brahmi numerals behind (date off flan) / Three-arched hill or Chaitya, with river, crescent and sun, within legend in Brahmi Rajno Mahaksatrapasa Rudrasenaputrasa Rajna Ksatrapasa Visvasihasa. 15.5mm, 1.97 grams. "Studies in the Coinage of Western Kshatrapas" 629-637.

The coins of Ksatrapas are important since they are mostly dated - the dates helped to clarify the early history of India. The Western Kshatrapas, or Western Satraps, (35-405 CE) were Saka rulers of the western and central part of India (Saurashtra and Malwa: modern Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh states). They were contemporaneous with the Kushans who ruled the northern part of the Indian subcontinent, and the Satavahana (Andhra) who ruled in Central India.

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