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Superb! Rare silver drachm of Nahapana (ca. 50-75 AD (?)) giving Nahapana the Greek title of BACILEOC, Indo-Scythian Kshaharatas of Saurashtra and Gujarat

Superb! Rare silver drachm of Nahapana (ca. 50-75 AD (?)) giving Nahapana the Greek title of BACILEOC, Indo-Scythian Kshaharatas of Saurashtra and Gujarat

Bust of Nahapana right with collar showing, wearing a satrapal cap, corrupt Greek inscription:B ACIΛEOC X NAAOYHBAΓOY / Arrow pointing downwards to the left, thunderbolt to the right, dot between them, two inscriptions one in Brahmi (RaJno KsaHaRaTaSa NaHaPaNaSa, reading left to right) and one in Kharoshti (RaNo KsaHaRaTaSa NaHaPaNaSa, reading right to left). 16mm, 2.14 grams. The Silver Coinage of the Western Kshatrapas (A.Fishman) #3.2; Mitchener 1253; Boppearachchi p.139, #3.

A single type of Nahapāna’s coins is known to show the Greek title BACIΛEOC (“King”) on obverse, instead of the normal inscription PANNIW SAHAPATAC NAHAPANAC . The entire obverse inscription seems to be BACIΛEOC X NAAOYHBAΓOY. The word NAAOYHBAΓOY is certainly a corruption or a different spelling of the name “Nahapāna”.This common Greek title is not known from any other coins of Nahapāna or his successors. The title was commonly used on the earlier Indo-Greek and Indo-Scythian coins, and was probably copied from an earlier coin.

The Kshaharatas were the descendants of Parata Rajas, the Indo-Parthian vassals in Saurashtra. They became independent in 78 AD, the 1st year of the Saka Era. The dates of Nahapanas reign are still unclear his reign is dated anywhere between ca.50 AD and 124 AD. Many of Nahapana's coins are overstruck by Gautamiputra Satakarni of the Satavahanas (ca.106-130 AD), who reigned for 24 years and claimed to have destroyed Nahapana in his 18th year. Nahapana has inscriptional dates 41-46; it''s not clear whether these are regnal dates or dates in the Saka Era (or some other era). There are coins from Sind of the Indo-Parthian Satavastres overstruck by Nahapana and coins of Nahapana overstruck by Satavastres; they were probably contemporaries. Sases(Gondophares-Sases) also overstruck Nahapana''s coinage in Sind.

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