AR drachm of Rudrasena I (199-222 AD), Mint A, 218 AD, Western Satraps, India

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Bust of Rudrasena, with corrupted Greek legend (Indo-Greek style), date behind (140 SE = 218 AD) / Three-arched hill or Chaitya, with river, crescent and sun, within legend in Brahmi Rajno Mahaksatrapasa Rudrasihasaputrasa Rajno Mahaksatrapasa Rudrasenasa. 16mm, 2.1 grams. Mint A. Fishman "The Silver Coinage of the Western Satraps" # 13.2a.140; "Studies in the Coinage of Western Kshatrapas" #pp.145-151. SKU T921-v8088

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.