Base gold coin of Samatata

29 Oct 2020  Thu

Samatata was an ancient kingdom located in the south-east Bengal. One of the Chinese monks from 700 CE suggests Samatata kingdom as a Buddhist centre. Coins and the travelogues have helped in revealing some of the information about this kingdom.

The featured coin was issued by Sarvabhata (c.700-780 AD) of Samatata Kingdom. No epigraphic or other references are known about this ruler. The obverse of the coin depicts a standing king holding a bow and arrow in each hand, Nandi standard behind, Brahmi letters ‘Sri’, ‘Pra’ and ‘Sarva/Bhata’ in two lines. The reverse has a goddess standing to right with traces of inscription in the right field and holding an object in her hand. This base gold dinar (SAM 18.1) is in the Todywalla Auction No. 115, Part 1 and the opening bid is INR 50,000. So what are you waiting for? Start bidding and get this unique rare piece in your collection by adding this tiny piece of history.

Picture Courtesy: Todywalla Auctions.

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