03. My first Coin from Malhar

June 18, 2008 by paliakara

 As I had earlier stated, I started reading literature available with the Bilaspur Museum. It was believed that at the beginning of the Christian Era, Dakshina Kosala, was under the suzerainty of the Satavahanas. All inscriptions of that period are referred to as that of Satavahanas. The 2nd Century rock inscription at Gunji (Barpali) near Sakti (now Janjgir district) is also attributed to Satavahana period. The inscription tells about distribution of 1000 cows to local Brahmins twice by Raja (King) Kumaravaradatta and a third time by his minister. Because of this hangover I largely read about the Satavahanas and their coinage. To cap it, a coin found at Balapur in the sands of the Disputed coin of Apilakariver Mahanadi is attributed to a king named Apilaka, who happens to be the 5th in the Satavahana lineage.[ Now it has been established that the attribution was faulty. The name has been read as Rano Siva Siri Silalukasa by Dr. (Mrs.) Susmita Bose Majumdar in her monograph titled “a new series Coins of Malhar” wherein most of the coins covered are from my collection](IIRNS Publication available here).

If I am lucky, I could dig out Raja Kumaravaradatta, I thought. May be I could also bring out other Satavahana rulers who are not known by their coin issues. Cleaning of the coins was proving difficult. All the pieces had hardened mud coating. Finally I put them in Acetic Acid overnight and I could succeed in getting rid of the deposits using a tooth brush. Out of half a dozen pieces, one was a lead coin with inscription. Others were copper and highly corroded. However I was very happy and started trying to figure out the name of the King on the lead coin. Maghashri

With my limited knowledge of Brahmi characters, I read the name as Maagha Sirisa. Immediately I referred to the list of Satavahana rulers and thrilled to find something matching. There was one Meghaswati listed there. I showed it to my friends in the Archaeological department. They encouraged me and suggested further readings. However, I could not resist myself from sending out a letter to Dr. Ajay Mitra Shastri at Nagpur reporting my findings. In turn he expressed his doubts and asked me to go through his book on “Kausambi Hoard of Magha Coins”.


Steadily my collection started growing with many more additions establishing  the real cradle of Maghas at Malhar.



2 Responses to “03. My first Coin from Malhar”

  1. Dr Bhanu Pratap Singh Says:

    Hi Mr P N Subramanian ji
    Good morning
    I Think You wil remeber me, I am from Raipur and we met many time during 1997-99.
    after that Time I completed my MA in Ancient History culture and Archaeology. and also worked in Coins of south Kosala.
    Suddenly saw your blog and happy to see it.

    my orkut profile acount is http://www.orkut.com.br/Profile.aspx?uid=3654856369580077614

  2. Guías privadas en San Petersburgo Says:

    मैं अधिक जानकारी के लिए कैसे आप पूछ सकते हैं? महान पोस्ट के लिए और अधिक जानने की जरूरत है …

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