Indo-Sakas in Western India, silver drachm, Vijayasena (238-250 AD) as Mahakshatrap, 242 AD

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Bust of Vijayasena, with corrupted Greek legend (Indo-Greek style),date in Brahmi numerals behind (164 Saka Era = 242 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, 2.14 grams. "Studies in the Coinage of WesternKshatrapas" #488-489. The coins ofKsatrapas are important since they are mostly dated - the dates helpedto clarify the early history of India. Coins with clear dates, such asthis coin are rare - on most specimens the date is struck off flan. TheWestern Kshatrapas, or Western Satraps, (35-405 CE) were Saka rulers ofthe western and central part of India (Saurashtra and Malwa: modernGujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh states). They werecontemporaneous with the Kushans who ruled the northern part of theIndian subcontinent, and the Satavahana (Andhra) who ruled in CentralIndia.