The Kadambas of Banavasi are said to have been the first indigenous rulers in Karnataka. Previously, the area had been ruled by families such as the Pallavas and Satavahanas, but in the early 4th century Mayurasharma wrested control from them to establish an independent Kadamba kingdom. The Kadambas of Banavasi were the first Kannadiga family to rule in Karnataka and the first to use the Kannada script on their inscriptions. Their coins, which also use Kannada letters, were unknown until a find was made in 2006. Kadambas coins have symbols such as conches, lotus, and chakras, all attributes sacred to Lord Vishnu. The petalled lotuses like on this coin are also seen on the reverses of certain Pallava coins. This is a very fine grade coin and superb find.
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