Silver drachm, Damajadasri III (250-255 AD), 253 AD, Western Satraps

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Bust of Damajadasri III right, with corrupted Greek legend (Indo-Greek style), date in Brahmi numerals behind (175 Saka Era = 253 AD) / Three-arched hill or Chaitya, with river, crescent and sun, within legend in Brahmi Rajno Mahaksatrapasa Damasenaputrasa Rajna Mahaksatrapasa Damajadasriya. 15mm, 2.49 grams. "Studies in the Coinage of Western Kshatrapas" #543-545; Senior ISCH 353.5D; Fishman "Silver Coinage of the Western Satraps in India" #26.1.175. SKU T1132-15318

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.