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GOLD COIN OF GAUDA KING SHASHAANKA




SILVER DRACHM OF THE MAITRAKAS OF VALABHI
This medieval silver Drachm is the only coin issued by the Maitrakas of Valabhi.  Senepati Bhatarka, a General in the Gupta army, took advantage of the weakening Gupta Empire. In 470 AD he set up an independent kingdom in Saurashtra, located on the Arabian Sea in western India.  His capital city of Valabhi (now Vala) became a major center for both religious and secular studies. Though Maitrakas dynasty ruled for nearly 300 years, their coins remained unchanged.  The coins, modeled after the Gupta Drachm, have a crude bust of Senepati Bhatarka on the front and a legend and a trident on the reverse.  The crudely made coins are about 10mm in diameter and are often struck partially off-center.  It is a remarkably affordable medieval silver coin.













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