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NAGAS OF PADMAVATI  ( Also known as Nagas of Narwar )

 The Naga kings ruled from Padmavati, Kantipuri, Mathura and Vidisha. Twelve Naga rulers are so far known from these places. 

Following are the devices generally found on obverse of the Naga Coins:

Sl. No. Name of King Small Device found on Obverse of the Coin*
1. Bhava Naga Bull - - Trident - Crest -
2. Bhima Naga - - Peacock - - - -
3. Brihaspati Naga Bull Wheel Peacock Trident - - -
4. Deva Naga Bull Wheel - Trident - - -
5. Ganapati Naga Bull Wheel - - - Prancing Horse

Tree

6. Prabhakara Naga Bull - - - Battle Axe Loin -
7. Ravi Naga Bull - - - Battle Axe

Triangle Headed Standard

8. Skanda Naga Bull - Peacock - - Prancing Horse -
9. Vasu Naga - Wheel Peacock - - - -
10. Vibhu Naga Bull Wheel - - Battle Axe Crest Linga
11. Vrishabha Naga Bull - - - - - -
12. Vyaghra Naga - Wheel - - - - -

* Tribal Coins of Ancient India - A study in terminology by Mr. B N Mukherjee - Seminar Papers on the Tribal coins of Ancient India - Varanasi 1977

On reverse of the Coin the name of the King along with the Title "Maharaja" or "Maharaja Sri" in Brahmi script covering the whole flan of coin in a circular way. 

 

GANAPATI  NAGA ( C. 340 AD )

Denomination    Date:    Mint:   
Nagas of Padmavati  
Type /Var. A / 1   Rarity:  Scares
Era:     Regnal Year  
Weight: 278 mg   Approx.   AD Date:  c. 340
Dimensions: 11 x 12 mm   Material:  Copper
Catalog  Ref. No:  
Siddiqui's Coin no AE 430

Obverse

Reverse

Humped Bull Standing left within a dotted circle. Inscription in Brahmi script starting from 4 O' clock read from inside.

NagasOfPadmavatiScript.bmp, 29 KB

  Ma ha  ra  ja         Shri           Ga  ne   ndra (?)

Comments: These coins rarely have full inscription on it and this coin have the complete and readable legend.

 

 

Note:    The best reading on this subject is H V Trivedi: Catalogue of the Coins of the Naga Kings of Padmavati, published by The Department of Archaeology & Museums, Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior, 1957.

Acknowledgement: Mr. Jan lingen and Anne Van't Haaff on discussing the subject.

   

H A Siddiqui