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KURAS OF BELGAUM/KOLHAPUR 30BC - 65AD

The south west region was ruled by the Kuras during the 1st century AD and they were the major power. Brahmapuri and Madhavapur (Kolhapur and Belgaum) were the two major seats. Some of the military achievements over Chutus shows the influence of Chutus in their coinage. They mainly ruled between 30 BC and 65 AD as could be understood by the victory of Nahapana over Kuras. The King Vilivayukura is even quoted in Ptolemy's work and seems to be the last king who was defeated by the Satavahanas giving way for Chutus to circulate their coins in this area. All the coins minted by the Kuras were in lead. The bow and arrow decorated the coin obverse and the reverse of their coinage usually carried Chaitya, railed tree and river symbols along with the Brahmi legend along the periphery.

Source : http://prabhu.50g.com/southind/kura/south_kura.



Ruler :
King Vasithiputra
Year : 30 BC - 65 AD
Unit : Pb (lead) Karshapana, 10.1gm
Obverse : Bow & Arrow, legend in Brahmi:Siri Vasisthiputrasa
Reverse : Tree in railing on lt; Multi arched hill on rt
Reference : TA#014, RRR



Ruler : King Vasishtiputra Vilivayukura
Year : 30 BC - 65 AD
Unit : Pb (lead) Karshapana, 27 mm, 12.1gm
Obverse : Bow & Arrow, legend in Brahmi: Vasisthiputrasa vilivaykurasa
Reverse : Tree in railing on lt; multi arched hill on rt
Reference : MCSI1, #91, R



Ruler : King Gautamiputra Vilivayukura
Year : 30 BC - 65 AD
Unit : Lead (Pb) Karshapana, 30mm, 13.4gm
Obverse : Bow & Arrow, legend in Brahmi: Gotamiputasa vilivaykurasa
Reverse : multi arched hill with tree above, all in a rectanlge containing river symbol
Reference : TA#015, RRR



Ruler : King Gautamiputra Vilivayukura
Year : 30 BC - 65 AD
Unit : Lead (Pb) Karshapana, 30mm, 3.0gm
Obverse : Bow & Arrow, legend in Brahmi: Gotamiputasa vilivaykurasa
Obverse : 10 arched hill with tree above, all in a rectanlge containing river symbol
Reference : MCSI1, #102, R

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