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Offline Md. Shariful Islam

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Queen of Samatata
« on: September 23, 2020, 10:22:09 PM »
Coins of Samatata are usually crude. Coin makers of this region are considered as less efficient. This is a post gupta Samatata dinara. Because of the reverse, I call it queen of Samatata. I would love to know if there was a superior queen at Samatata! If somone could tell me if she was queen of Samatata or miss universe at her time or she belonged neither of those status!
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Offline Seeker55

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Re: Queen of Samatata
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2020, 10:56:44 PM »
Nice coin! I don't know if this helps, but your coin looks similar to these Samatata issues from 650-675 AD:

The female figure is described as a goddess, deity (possibly Lakshmi).

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Re: Queen of Samatata
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2020, 06:02:43 PM »
Beautifull and again intrigueing coin !
I am not equiped with much background knowledge on this category. So just some free assosciation:
The Obverse with the standing king seems derived from the similar golden Gupta types. Where i see the most resemblance with Chandragupta with bow.
The female figure i do knot know in a similar posture on the Gupta coins. She seems to have wings. My first guess is that this is the representation of the Indian equivalent of the Greek goddess Nike. Nike presents the ruler with victory in the form of a wreath. Here the figure seems to hold a Shanka shell which would be the proper Indian equivalent for a symbol of victory.
The legend to the right of "Nike" seems nicely preserved. But it is not Brahmi in any form i can read, If i would make a guess it is a degenerated form of Karoshti. This mainly because of the upper two characters. If you try to read the legend from bottom to top (and karoshti usually reads from right to left) the last two characters could very well fit with "JaSa", which is a fequently occurring ending of names or titles. Now what karoshti is doing on a 7th century AD coin is a question i can not answer unfortunately.


Here is a post by Bushan which shows an Indoscythian version of Nike.

To illustrate the similarity with Karoshti here a specimen issued under Indo-Scythian ruler Maues.
On the left is the title "RaJa Dhi RaJaSa". The JaSa are the two characters around 12 o'clock.
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