The Satavahanas ruled larger parts of India during the 1st Century BCE till 2nd Century CE. According to one of the theories, the word Satavahana is a derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Sapta-Vahana’ meaning ‘driven by seven’. According to the Hindu mythology, ‘the chariot of the sun god is drawn by seven horses’. This would ratify the claim that the Satavahanas are originally associated with the legendary solar dynasty.
This copper coin was issued by Satavahana king Satakarni. The obverse of this coin is inscribed with Brahmi legend ‘Rano Sri Satakarni’. The reverse of the coin is inscribed with Ujjain Symbol with Swastika with orb and Nandipada in each quadrant.
This very rare coin was sold for INR 16,000 at Classical Numismatic Gallery Auction held on 19th May 2018.
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