Author Topic: Western Kshtraps: (contemporary fake of?) a Drachm of Visvasena (AD 294-304)  (Read 2298 times)

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This coin some times looks like a billon coin while at other times it looks like a copper coin dipped in silver, which has worn out. Is it possible to read the coin and attribute it.
Amit
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Re: Ancient Indian (western Kshtraps?)
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2009, 03:37:27 AM »
Your coin looks very much like mine:
Indo Sakas; Kshatrapas, 1st to 4th century AD. 
As for reading the coin; I wish I had a resource to help you out.  I once did on line, but the site is no longer operative.  Perhaps someone else can help.
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Re: Ancient Indian (western Kshtraps?)
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2009, 06:02:09 PM »
I think it could be a (contemporary fake of?) a Drachm of Visvasena (AD 294-304).

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Re: Ancient Indian (western Kshtraps?)
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2009, 06:24:04 PM »
I've missed your input Overlord!  Nice to hear from you.
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Re: Ancient Indian (western Kshtraps?)
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2009, 06:40:12 PM »
Here is how I read the part of the inscription visible on the coin:

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Re: Ancient Indian (western Kshtraps?)
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2009, 07:54:28 PM »
Great to see you back. Many thanks. Can I ask why you feel that it is a contemporary forgery? Just to understand.
Amit
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Re: Ancient Indian (western Kshtraps?)
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2009, 07:59:15 PM »
Thanks a million for the diagram Overlord.
But like Amit, I wondered why you thought the coin a fake..
Was it because of the squat hill?
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Re: Ancient Indian (western Kshtraps?)
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2009, 03:26:38 AM »
My catalog does not report any copper issues of this ruler. Therefore, I think it could be a silver-coated contemporary counterfeit similar to the examples shown in this thread.

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Re: Ancient Indian (western Kshtraps?)
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2009, 04:13:20 AM »
Overlord,
Thanks for the help. I will study the coin under the magnifying glass but to the naked eye and also the photograph, it sure does look copper coated with silver. I agree that counterfieting has been rampant since unknown times and I do remember deading in the book Kautilya's (Chanakya - the Prime Minister of Chandragupta Maurya) Arthshastra (Economics) about punishments prescribed for forgers and counterfieters.
Amit
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