INDIA, WESTERN KSHATRAPAS: Isvaradatta (242-43 CE?) Silver drachm, year 1

Ancient Coins - INDIA, WESTERN KSHATRAPAS: Isvaradatta (242-43 CE?) Silver drachm, year 1
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Obverse Head of king right, blundered Greek legend around, date behind head
Reverse Crescented three-arched hill (chaitya), river below, crescent moon at left, sun at right, Brahmi legend around (at 2:30, clockwise): Rajno Mahakshatrapasa Isvaradattasa varshe prathame
Date possibly S. 164 = 242 CE
Weight 1.83 gm.
Diameter 15 mm.
Die axis 9 o'clock
Reference Senior 352.2
Comments The identity and dating of Isvaradatta is highly uncertain. The most widely held current theory is that he was a usurper, since he does not name his father on his coins and appears to want to start a new era. This coin, for example, includes in the legend the words varshe prathame (year one) and has the digit for 1 behind the head on the obverse. There is the further question of his date. Senior has published a coin (Sen 352.1) that appears to have the Saka era date 164 behind the head, and the varshe prathame legend on the reverse. This gives us a clue for the date. The coins are quite scarce.
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