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Western Satraps

The Kshatrapas were a kingdom established by a Scythian invasion force in the 1st Century AD. They flourished briefly under the rule of Nahapana, only to be briefly defeated by the indigenous Satavahana empire. Several years later, Chastana led a successful conquest of the lost territory and by 130 had established a firm hold over what today is called Gujarat. His dynasty flourished for the remainder of antiquity, being overthrown by the Gupta empire in 395 AD. Their history has been lost, but the coins are unique in that they contain both a date (Saka era, beginning 78 AD) and a formulaic legend naming the satrap and the name of his father, giving a complete list of all kings with exact dates for their rule. These drachm coins are all silver, and are a little smaller than a US dime.

A very handy guide to these coins can be found here:

Kshtrapa - Satrap, subservient to Mahakshtrapa (like Prince or Caesar)
Mahakshtrapa - Great Satrap, possibly subservient to the Kushan emperor, or the Parthians or Sassanids

1. Viradaman as kshtrapa 234-238

The date is mostly off-flan, but may be possible to figure out. This coin is exceptionally well struck, with superb calligraphy and nearly full legends on the reverse.


2. Damajadasri III, as Mahakshtrapa, 250-255

A terrific portrait, if somewhat rough flan. Nice clear legend with a good bit more present than what is typical for his issues.


3. Damajadasri III, as Mahakshatrapa, 250-255

A nice budget version of the previous coin. Off center obverse that shows the degenerate form of Greek that was once present on these coins (due to the large number of Greek traders who were fluent in the language, but could not read Brahmi). Good amount of the reverse, legend, possibly struck on a worn out or broken die.


4. Rudrasena II, as Mahakshtrapa, 254-278

Very attractive portrait and clear name. Nice solid example of the type.


5. Visvasimha, as Mahakshtrapa, 280 or 281?

Visvasimha was the first child of Rudrasena II, mostly issuing coins as Kshatrapa under his father. When his father died, he either assumed the throne and died soon after, or else his brother came into favor, prompting Visvasimha into rebellion. This is an extremely rare coin in superb condition!


6. Bhartradaman, as Mahakshtrapa, 289 AD (S. 211)

The coin is a bit rough, but Western Satrap coins are not often encountered with a full, clear date like this coin. Very nice example.


7. Visvasena, as Kshatrap, 292-304

Arguably the most commonly encountered of the Western Satraps, Visvasena was the last satrap in the main dynastic line established by Chastana. This coin is notable in that is has an unusually good portrait, contrasting with the "Mr. Magoo" portrait usually found for this king. The reverse is a bit rough and off center, but this is a terrific example!

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