Author Topic: Satavahana: Gautamiputra Satkarni, overstrike Western Kshatrap Nahapana  (Read 86 times)

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Offline @josephjk

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1.94 gm, 17mm
written on coin holder..
AR Hemidrachm
w/o m (?) Gautamiputra 106-127
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Re: AD 119 - 124, Western Satraps, Nahapana
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2020, 05:41:23 PM »
Interesting coin ! Without giving full attribution i can say this is an overstrike in the name of the ruler of one dynasty over the coins of the ruler of another dynasty which was defeated in the struggle for local power. Now can this help you get to refine the attribution further ?

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Re: AD 119 - 124, Western Satraps, Nahapana
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2020, 11:43:08 PM »
Thank you Sir! It's all Indo Greek to me but I'll give it a shot


On the right image, the fleur de lis like object, is seen on Nahapana coins.
The 6 arched hill beats me...

The left image has an Ujjain symbol and that is as far as I get... Satvahana (?)

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Re: AD 119 - 124, Western Satraps, Nahapana
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2020, 10:31:58 AM »
Well, you are surely getting close !

The undertype you already attributed to Nahapana, the Western Satrap ruler. On the left, if you turn the coin 60 degrees clockwise you see the remnants of his portrait. On the reverse of the Nahapana coins is not a fleur the lis, but a Vajra. This has multiple meanings. It represents a thunderbolt, but is also a Hindu devine weapon.
The Western Satraps were in conflict with the Satavahana. The Satavahana, under the rule of Gautamiputra Satkarni, won the war.
The overstrike has the Satavahana combination of the Ujjain symbol and a six-arched hill. These overstruck coins are very often holed.

For some more examples of this category look for example here.

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Re: AD 119 - 124, Western Satraps, Nahapana
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2020, 01:28:00 AM »
Ahh, got it!
Thank you  :)