It has been long that we have been discussing the Samatata region. Now all that you’re waiting for ends here because Mintage World is up with the Samatata coins.
Samatata was an ancient Indian region in south-eastern Bengal. Its earliest reference is found in the Allahabad Prashasti, where it is noted as an eastern frontier state along with Davaka, Kamarupa, Nepal, and Karttrapura. The Brihatasanghita (written in the sixth century CE) refers to Samatata and Vanga as separate states, but the former remained relatively obscure, gaining references from the seventh-century Chinese traveller, Hiuen Tsang, and later from I Tsing.
The Samatata coins follow the traditional design of Kushan and Gupta but show distinct local features. The basic design remained unchanged for the whole period of the coinage. The most unique and distinctive feature of Samatata coins is that the edge has a large raised dotted border around the rim.
The coins are all of gold, more or less debased, and most have a weight standard of about 5.4 to 5.7 grams, which has been interpreted by B.N.Mukherjee as 50 ratis or half shatamana. The rare variety weighed approximately 7.25 to 7.30 grams.
Mintage World is proud to announce that we are up with these gold round beauties of ‘Samatata’ on our website.