Rare billon drachm of Spajhama (?) (ca.0-50 AD), Parata Rajas, India

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Diademed, beardless bust left, wearing large earrings / Swastika to right; full Kharosthi legend around: Spajhanaputrasa Paratarajasa Spajhamasa. 16mm, 2.0 grams. Senior ISCH 81.1 - nice full inscriptions!

Spajama was the son of Spajana, as recorded on the coins. Very little is known about Paratarajas, including the extend of their dominion, the names of their rulers or the dates of their reigns. Parata Rajas became independent in 78 AD, an event leading to the establishment of the Saka Era - their descendants ruled Saurashtra for over 300 years and Kshaharatas and Kshatrapas of Saurashtra. Parata Rajas issued silver and billon coins that later inspired the coinage of the Kshaharatas and later of the Indo-Saka Kshatrapas - Portrait facing right (usually) on obverse and a circular inscription surrounding a central device (always swastika in case of Parata Rajas). The inscriptions are usually in Karoshti, but of the same presentation as the later Kshatrapa coinage. .