Emperor Harshavardhana or Harsha ruled northern India around 606 to 647 CE, he belongs Vardhana dynasty. His father Prabhakarvardhana defeated the Alchon Huna invaders. Harsha reign can be defined as a period of peace and prosperity which made his capital a cosmopolitan centre which attracted many thinkers, philosophers, artist and merchants. Famous traveller Xuanzang gave an elaborated description of Harsha time and administration.
To understand Harsha time a beautiful silver drachma issued by him is shown above. The obverse of this coin depicts the head of the king facing left with a simple crescent-shaped crown with a hint of Brahmi numerical on the left.
The reverse of this coin depicts fan-tailed peacock facing with head towards left with Brahmi legend ‘Vijitavanir Avanapati Sri Siladitya’.
Image Courtesy: Amit Udeshi