Ancient India is full of wonders and the historians are still trying to figure out the extent of the amazing facts of the bygone eras. There were many great kings born in India about whom we are yet to known. So today we will disclose one of the less popular kings of Gauda Kingdom ‘Shashanka’.
Shashanka reigned around 7th Century AD. He was contemporary to Harsha and Bhaskaravarman of Kamarupa. The given gold dinar in the image was issued by him. It depicts a nimbate Shiva seated on bull holding a trident, sun in exergue, Brahmi legend ‘Shri Ja’ below and all within the circular dotted border. The reverse has a nimbate Lakshmi, seated facing on a lotus, holding lotus bud in one hand, and Brahmi legend ‘Shri Shashanka’ to right. All within the circular dotted border. This coin was sold for INR 3,50,000 at Classical Numismatics Gallery. Explore more of his coins on our website.