Bust of Rudrasimha II right, with corrupted Greek legend (Indo-Greek style), date behind (226 SE = 304 AD) / Three-arched hill or Chaitya,with river, crescent and sun, within legend in Brahmi Swami Jivadamaputrasa Rajna Ksatrapasa Rudrasihasa. 15mm, 2.16 grams. Rare. "Studies in the Coinage of Western Kshatrapas" #736-768. SKU T602-23
The coins of Ksatrapas are important since they are mostly dated - the dates helped to clarify the early history of India. 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.