Bust of Rudrasena III 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, pure Sanskrit inscription RaJna MaHaKsaTraPaSya SvaMi RuDraDaMaPuTrSya RaJna MaHaKsaTraPaSya SvaMi RuDraSeNaSya. 15mm, 1.76 grams. Rajgor "The Studies in the Coinage of the Western Kshatraps" #876; Fishman "The Silver Coinage of the Western Satraps in India" #34.3S.x (this coin pictured). SKU Q108-49268
Most Western Kshatrapa coin show inscriptions in Prakrit - a few very rare special issue coins are inscribed in Sanskrit, not Prakrit. Only a few coins of Rudrasena III showing a pure Sanskrit inscription on the reverse are known - these are extremely rare, with only a single piece published until now (in the Rajgor book - that coin did not show the date). The style is somewhat unusual, with a carefully engraved bust very different from the bust appearing on other coins struck in the same year as this coin (290 SE/368 AD). This coin is pictured in "The Silver Coinage of the Western Satraps in India" catalogue.Unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic.
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