Lord of Daksinapatha: Coins, Trade and Trade-Centres Under the Satavahanas
In ancient Indian history, the Satavahana epoch is marked by the cultural efflorescence of its different aspects. This period vibrates mainly in the Buddhist cave temples, inscriptions, literature and coins which have retained the imprints of the flowering of the Indian genius. The periodicity of monsoon was discovered by Hippalus, a Greek sailor in AD 44 and it gave tremendous boost to the trade between Rome and Western India. The Roman traders gave different grants to Buddhist rock-cut caves and they were recorded in Brahmi script. The memory of the grants have preserved for posterity, the economic development in western India. The Naneghat inscription has recorded that the Satavahana King Siri Satakarni and Queen Naganika celebrated different sacrifices and made munificent grants of Karshapanas (ancient Indian coins). The present work mainly consists of the study of various types of the Satavahana coinage and some new portrait coins of the Satavahana rulers. A detailed report of the Satavahana coins found in the Nevasa excavation is also included in the monograph. The ancient name of Nevasa was Niclhivasa Khampana (Nidhivdsa = Treasure Trove, and Khampana = Administrative Unit). This name is recorded in the AD 1200 inscription of the Yadavas. It indicates the continuity in economic importance of Nevasa. The book-has focused on the development of economic history of the Satavahanas, based on the new coin-finds discovered by the author in her field-work and research.
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