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City State of Suktimati (200 BC), Cast Copper Unit, Obv: Horse advancing to right with Brahmi legend (“Sutimati)” above, rectangular box with four leaves inside at the right field, rectangular box surmounted by Srivatsa symbol, Rev: Elephant standing facing right on pedestal with upraised trunk four orbed Ujjaini symbol with dot in each orbs above, tree railing at left, indra dhvaja in front of elephant with two circles dot in each, whorl symbol below, 3.6g, 24.14mm,(Shuktimati: A New Coin and History, article by Prashant P. Kulkarni and Pankaj Tandon), about very fine, Extremely Rare.
Suktimati/Sukti was the capital city of the Chedi Kingdom in India, Situated in modern day Itaha, on the outskirts of Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. The kingdom was situated on the banks of the river Shuktimati flowing through Chedi. It was built by a Chedi king known as Uparicharavasu. In the Mahabharata, the legend of this river giving birth to twins (a boy and a girl) through its association with a mountain called Kolahala is mentioned. The river then gives the twins to king Uparichara Vasu. King Vasu makes the boy the commander of his armies and marries the girl, Girika.
Suktimati’s coins are symbolically rich and very rare, particularly this coin has not been listed in the major reference catalogs.