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Drachm of Rudrasena II
« on: March 07, 2009, 10:24:25 PM »
I generally do not collect ancient coins However, I recently came across a box misplaced many years ago with around 20 or so ancient coins. could some one please help attribute this one?

Amit
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Re: Help requested to attribute this ancient Indian coin.
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2009, 04:20:04 AM »
I don't know how accurate I will be.  Again, we need more resolution.  I tried sharpening your image; I think it helps a bit. 
I can point you in the "right" dirdection.  Your coin could be of Rudrasena II (256-278 CE).  The script on the reverse is most likely Brahmi.  The Kshatrapa Dynasty and the Guptas that followed produced similar obverses. I gather that the name of the ruler may be on the obverse and may be off the flan on yours. It may be on the reversse as well.
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Re: Help requested to attribute this ancient Indian coin.
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2009, 05:23:13 AM »
Excellent call, Richie. This is indeed a Drachm of Rudrasena II (Sake 178-200/AD256-278). The Brahmi inscription on the reverse reads:
Rajnah Kshatrapasa Viradamaputrasa Rajno Mahakshtrapasa Rudrasenasa
Raja Great Satrap Rudrasena, Son of Raja Satrap Virdaman

For a coin showing better part of the top inscription, check out this thread.

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Drachm of Rudrasena II
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2009, 10:25:25 AM »
Richie and Overlord,

Thanks a ton for the help. Once you have done the work, I believe I can read it. BTW, this coin weifhs a little over 2.4 g, what would be the denomination?  What is the significance of the mark at the center which looks like a three peaks of a hill?

Amit
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Re: Drachm of Rudrasena II
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2009, 11:26:14 AM »
BTW, this coin weifhs a little over 2.4 g, what would be the denomination?  What is the significance of the mark at the center which looks like a three peaks of a hill?
Amit
I believe the denomination would be "Drachm". The symbols are three-arched hill (chaitya) with crescents and star above and river below. The "hill" may not be a hill at all, but may represent a temple. See Oesho's remarks in this thread.

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Re: Drachm of Rudrasena II
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2009, 11:40:11 AM »
Overlord,

Thanks for the info.

Amit
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Re: Drachm of Rudrasena II
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2009, 09:08:48 PM »
Hi Amit,
As Overlord's up-coming book expands,
when you have the time,
would you mind posting a better image of this coin? 
I would like to include it rather than the one we have.
thanks,
richie

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Re: Drachm of Rudrasena II
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2009, 11:04:22 PM »
Richie,
I will post the fresh images of all three coins I posted of ancient India in the last two days. I do not know what happened? I have clicked over 100 coins without a problem and now 3 on 3 go wrong. May be I was asleep? Or was it that I was in a terrible hurry and did not focus the coins correctly? I generally do not mess up this bad.
Amit
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Re: Drachm of Rudrasena II
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2009, 11:17:24 PM »
Don't worry about it Amit.  I have enjoyed the last three posts, images and all. I was being anal retentive. My bad.
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Re: Drachm of Rudrasena II
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2009, 05:35:14 PM »
I hope that this image is much better.
Amit
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Re: Drachm of Rudrasena II
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2009, 06:39:09 PM »
Absolutely gorgeous Amit.
Now my reaction is "what a beautiful coin!".
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Re: Drachm of Rudrasena II
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2009, 09:08:34 PM »
Amit's coin is better than the coin on Wikipedia, I think. Congratulations on a piece of early history of your country that you can hold in your hand.

You don't learn anything about the history of other continents in European schools. It takes a coin  like this to read up on the Western Satraps.

Peter
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Re: Drachm of Rudrasena II
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2009, 02:50:39 AM »
Peter,
Thanks for the encouraging words.
Amit
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