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Nalas king Varaha, c. 410-430AD

 

Seated Nandi, a crescent above; legend ShriVa ha ra in box-headed Brahmi letters below.

 

 

Actual Weight (g)

0.64

 

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Composition

Gold

 

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Bracteate AU Half Unit

ClassNG, 9, 404

The Nalas of Bastar claimed descent from king Nala of the Mahabharata. Varaha or Varaha Raja, a contemporary of the Vakataka king Narendrasena, was the first ruler of the dynasty to strike coins. On this extremely rare half unit, the name of king is wrongly engraved as 'Vahara'insteadof 'Varaha'.

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