Indo-Sakas in Western India, silver drachm, Visvasimha (ca.275-282 AD) as Kshatrap, 198 SE/276 AD - rare with a complete date!

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Bust of Visvasimha, with corrupted Greek legend (Indo-Greek style), date in Brahmi numerals behind (198 SE/276 AD)/ Three-arched hill or Chaitya, with river, crescent and sun, within legend in Brahmi Rajno Mahaksatrapasa Rudrasenaputrasa Rajna Ksatrapasa Visvasihasa. 14mm, 1.96 grams. Senior ISCH 355.18; "The Silver Coinage of the Western Satraps in India" # 28.1.198

Coins of Visvasimha with a complete date, like on this coin, are very rare.

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.