Silver Drachma of Western Kshatrapas ruler SvamiRudrasena III

29 Aug 2020  Sat

Western Kshatrapas were the Sakas ruler that had ruled the western and central parts of India. This dynasty was founded by the king Chastana in the year 78 CE, he founded this dynasty in the region of Malwa. They are known to be from two different dynasties called Kshaharatas and Kardamak.

The western Kshtrapas were the Sakas that ruled the parts of present-day Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh. This dynasty ruled alongside the Satavahanas in the south, Guptas to the east, and the Kushanas to the north. In the second to the fourth century CE, Ujjain was their center. Western Kshtrapas was founded by king Chastana in the year 78 AD in a region around Malwa.

This silver drachma was issued by king SvamiRudrasena Iii, the son of SvamiRudradaman II. The weight of this silver drachma is around 2.12g. the obverse side of this silver drachma depicts the bust of the king and date Saka 29X behind. The reverse side of the coin depicts a three-arched hill with a crescent in the center, moon to left, and sun to right with Brahmi legend around.

Image Courtesy: Todywalla Auction

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