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Silver drachm in the name of Senapati Bhataraka, Maitrakas of Valabhi (470-800 AD), India

Silver drachm in the name of Senapati Bhataraka, Maitrakas of Valabhi (470-800 AD), India

Bust of king right / Trident with curved prongs and side-arm. Corrupt Brahmi legend. 12mm, 1.91 grams. Mitchiner ACW 4897 - 4898

Towards the middle of the 5th century A.D., the Gupta empire started to decline. Senapati Bhatarka, the Maitrak general of the Guptas, took advantage of the situation. in 470 AD, he laid the foundation of his kingdom of Valabhi what came to be known as the Maitrak kingdom. He shifted his capital from Girinager to Valabhipur, near Bhavnagar, on Saurashtra's east coast. Maitrak of Valabhi became very powerful and their writ prevailed over large parts of Gujarat and even over adjoining Malwa. Senapati issued coins in the style of Western Kshatrapas (though replacing their symbols with his own symbol, a trident). All his successors issued coins with the same legend, so coins in the name of Senapati were minted for over 300 years!

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