Indo-Sakas in Western India, silver drachm, Vijayasena (238-250 AD) as Mahakshatrap, 173 SE/251 AD - EXCEEDINGLY RARE and historically important date!

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Bust of Vijayasena, with corrupted Greek legend (Indo-Greek style),date in Brahmi numerals behind (173 Saka Era = 251 AD) / Three-archedhill or Chaitya, with river, crescent and sun, within legend in Brahmi Rajno Mahaksatrapasa Damasenasaputrasa Rajno Mahaksatrapasa Vijayasanasa. With a full date, rare as such. 16mm, 2.45 grams. "Studies in the Coinage of Western Kshatrapas" #-; Senior ISCH -.Vijayasena was thought to have died in 172 SE (250 AD) until recently, when a few coins with this date (173 SE / 251 AD) were discovered. This coin has a clear date [1]73, with the two lower bars positioned very low and the top bar is barely visible. An extremely rare and historically interesting piece.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.