Superb silver drachm of Viradaman (234-238 AD), Western Satraps, India

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Bust of Viradaman, with corrupted Greek legend (Indo-Greek style), date in Brahmi numerals behind (160 SE = 238 AD) / Three-arched hill or Chaitya, with river, crescent and sun, within legend in Brahmi Rajno Mahaksatrapasa Damasenasaputrasa Rajnah ksatrapasa Viradamnah. 14mm, 2.23 grams. "Studies in the Coinage of Western Kshatrapas" #453-455. SKU T850-6351


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.