INDIA, VARDHANAS of THANESWAR and KANAUJ, Harshavardhana (Siladitya) Silver drachm. VERY RARE and CHOICE!

Ancient Coins - INDIA, VARDHANAS of THANESWAR and KANAUJ, Harshavardhana (Siladitya) Silver drachm. VERY RARE and CHOICE!
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Obverse Head of king left, wearing a simple crescent-topped crown, hint of legend at left? Perhpas sa for samvat?
Reverse Fan-tailed peacock facing, Brahmi legend around (at 11 o'clock): vijitavanir avanapati Sri Si(ladit)ya
Date 606-647 CE
Weight 2.27 gm.
Diameter 14 mm.
Die axis 12 o'clock
Reference MAC 4933-37
Comments This is a coin of the famous king Harsha or Harshavardhana, who ascended the throne of Thaneswar, a small kingdom in present-day Haryana, at the age of 16, and then reconstituted the remnants of a large part of the fragmented Gupta empire into a single realm. He moved his capital to Kanauj and had an illustrious reign of over 40 years. For more information, take a look at the wikipedia entry on Harsha:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harsha

Harsha's coins follow the madhyadesa type of the Guptas, with the fan-tailed peacock reverse and the same legend terminology. However, the style of the head on the obverse is quite different. Note the "Indian" style of eye. The coins are VERY RARE and this is a CHOICE specimen.
Price SKU: 591.67
US$ 595.00
  • € 500.28
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  • CHF 547.40
  • CAD 736.67

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