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Extremely rare issue with an enigmatic inscription! Silver drachm of Raja Mahadatta "Indrada" (now read as "Ja'uka"), issued ca 315-320 SE (393-398 AD), Indo-Scythian Western Kshtarapas

Extremely rare issue with an enigmatic inscription! Silver drachm of Raja Mahadatta "Indrada" (now read as "Ja'uka"), issued ca 315-320 SE (393-398 AD), Indo-Scythian Western Kshtarapas

Bust of "Ja'uka" right with collar showing, wearing a satrapal cap, date in Brahmi numerals behind bust (off flan), corrupt Greek inscription / Crescent on a hill over a wavy line, crescent in the left field and sun in the right field, Brahmi inscription RāJña MaHāDaTtaSa SruSyeDaTtaPuTraSa KsaTraNdra SvāMī RuDraSyaJnaTa Sri JaUKaSa (?) ("Of Raja Mahadatta .... Lord Ja'uka") . 14mm, 2.13 grams. Rajgor "The Studies in the Coinage of the Western Kshatraps" #932ff; "The Silver Coinage of the Western Satraps in India" #365.1; Fishman A. "The Silver Coins of the Western Satraps in India" #39.2.

This name of the ruler on these coins was previously read as "Indrada" and listed as such in both Jha/RAjgor and Senior catalogues. The name is now read as "Ja'uka". Only a few coins of “Ja’uka” of this type are known. Not one of them shows even a partial date, though the date was doubtlessly placed on the coins. Stylistically, they are identical to the “squat bust” coins of Rudrasiṁha III issued ca.315-320 SE (403-408 AD), and these coins were probably issued around the same time. It is likely that sooner or later coins with legible dates will be discovered. The puzzling crude inscription is accurately engraved on all coins of this type, but making sense of it is very difficult. The reading of the inscription is very tentative. The reading shown below was furnished by Jha/Rajgor, but other interpretations of the inscription are possible. If you are interested in this coinage, please check the brand new, very detailed and easy-to-use catalogue dealing with this coinage "The Silver Coinage of the Western Satraps in India": http://www.numismall.com/acc/Two-books-on-Western-Kshatrapa-coinage-as-one-lot.html

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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