Indo-Sakas in Western India, lead unit, Rudrasena III (348-378 AD) as Mahakshatrap, 357 AD

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Bull standing right within a dotted border / Three-arched hill over river, date in Brahmi numerals behind (276 Saka Era = 357 AD). 15x14.5 mm, 4.3 grams. "Studies in the Coinage of Western Kshatrapas" #988-991. Rare this nice.The coins of Ksatrapas are important since they are mostly dated - the dates helped to clarify the early history of India. Coins with clear dates, such as this coin are rare - on most specimens the date is struck off flan.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.