Indo-Sakas in Western India, silver drachm, Bhartrdaman as Mahakshatrap (282-295 AD), 298+AD. EXTREMELY rare with such a date!

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Bust of Bhartrdaman right, with corrupted Greek legend (Indo-Greek style), date in Brahmi numerals behind (22x SE = 298 AD+) / Three-arched hill or Chaitya, with river, crescent and sun, within legend in Brahmi Rajno Mahaksatrapasa RudrasenYAputrasa Rajnah Mahaksatrapasa Bhartrdamna. 15mm, 1.93 grams. "Studies in the Coinage of Western Kshatrapas" #-; Senior ISCG -.Coins dated to 220 or 22x are reported to exist coin dated to 220 is reported in the Catalogue of Museum of Archaeology at Sanchi, a coin dated to 221 SE is reported in Sonpur Hoard (JRASB, 1936, III, No.2) and some other such coins are reported in private collections. These reports are almost certainly erroneous. Sometimes the lower curve of many of the numerals might look like the portion of the number 20, and it is probable that these are the coins on which the dates are misread. The other coins that might be the sources of this misreading are the coins of Bhartrdamans son, Visvasena, where the reverse inscription begins at 3 oclock. On such coins, the name of Bhartrdaman, is located in the place where the name of Visvasena is usually found. These coins date to 22x SE, and might have been misattributed as coins of Bhartrdaman, giving rise to the erroneous attribution of these coins to Bhartrdaman and dating them to 220s SE, incorrectly extending the reign of Bhartrdaman into 220s. Onthis coin, however, the digit "20" is clear and the name of Bhartrdaman is clear as well. Very interesting and rare 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.