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Western Satraps 1st Century - 2nd Centry India -R-Drachm

Mon Oct 23 06:00:11 2017

The Western Satraps Dynasties rules the north western providences of India from 35 to 405 AD strateling a key historical moment of cultural development of the region and know to Western societies of the time as Indo-Scythians related to the Kushans, further north, whom they are likely related. Sartaps linguistically related to the Persian word Ksatrapavan meaning Governor.

They were responsible for fixing the yearly date for the Indian calender. The court language was Sanskrit and Greeks were employed to transcribe Greek works into Sanskrit. The exact dynasty which created this coin is a bit of a puzzle to me but it might be similar to this coin from Rudradaman I dated about 130 BCE.

Further reading and research is possible. Here are some links
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Satraps
http://www.coin-newbies.com/articles/drachmas.pdf
http://www.forumancientcoins.com/his...ns/in/n301.htm
http://books.google.com/books?id=b9a...um=5&ct=result
http://data.numismatics.org/cgi-bin/...any&kw=satraps
http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Rudrasena-I
http://books.google.com/books?id=O-d...um=9&ct=result
http://www.summum.us/top/gallery/mai...g2_itemId=4208
http://www.summum.us/top/gallery/mai...068be20ca1accf

Obverse of the Western Satrap 1-2nd Century CE

Western Satrap Drachm Reverse


Western Satrap Drachm Reverse
Several Angles of the reverse design
is given in the hopes that someone can make out the symbolism
and give us a more specific attribution of the coin.

Obverse


Obverse

Obverse


Obverse


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