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Coin of Western Satrap Damasena.
Coin of Damasena. The minting date, here 153 (100-50-3 in Brahmi script numerals
) of the Saka era
, therefore 232 CE, clearly appears behind the head of the king.
Damasena was a Western Kshatrapa ruler, who reigned from 223 to 232 CE. From the reign of Rudrasimha I, the date of minting of each coin, reckoned in the Saka era, is usually written on the obverse behind the king's head in Brahmi numerals, allowing for a quite precise datation of the rule of each king. This is a rather uncommon case in Indian numismatics. Some, such as the numismat R.C Senior considered that these dates might correspond to the much earlier Azes era instead.
- Rapson, "A Catalogue of Indian coins in the British Museum. Andhras etc..."
- ^ From the dated inscription on the Rukhana reliquary
- ^ An Inscribed Silver Buddhist Reliquary of the Time of King Kharaosta and Prince Indravarman, Richard Salomon, Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 116, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1996), pp. 442 
- ^ A Kharosth? Reliquary Inscription of the Time of the Apraca Prince Visnuvarma, by Richard Salomon, South Asian Studies 11 1995, Pages 27-32, Published online: 09 Aug 2010