SHAHIS,
    These guys were Turks or Huns (Hephthalites) or both.  When the Arabs stormed into Afghanistan the Turko-Hephthalite government fled in disarray to the Kabul valley, where it coalesced into the Shahi state.  They issued the well known "bull and horseman" jitals and maintained a tolerant Hindu-Buddhist culture for a while before the Ghaznavid Turks pushed them out of Kabul into the Northwest Frontier of Pakistan.  Some decades later the Muslims pushed them eastward again into India.  A final push by the Ghorids extinguished them.  Bull and horseman type coins continued in the region for another few hundred years.

SHAHI, "Spalapati Deva," c. 750-900 AD, silver jital, bull / horseman, Kabul, T-3, rare early iteration with modelled figures, aVF $65.00 sold 1/15/2012
"Spalapati" and the later "Samanta" are titles, not names.
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SHAHI, "Spalapati Deva," c. 750-900 AD, silver jital, T-4, excellent VF-XF $33.00 sold
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SHAHI, "Spalapati Deva," c. 750-900 AD, silver jital, bull / horseman, T-4,  VF $24.00 sold
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SHAHI, "Spalapati Deva," c. 750-900 AD, silver jital, bull / horseman, Kabul, T-5, F $10.00 sold
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SHAHI, "Spalapati Deva," c. 750-900 AD, silver jital, T-7.1, bull / horseman, Kabul, VF $21.00 sold 11/12/2009
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SHAHI, "Spalapati Deva," c. 750-900 AD, silver jital, bull / horseman, extra letter Ga under horse, VF $31.00 sold 6/14/2011
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SHAHI, "Spalapati Deva," c. 750-900 AD, copper drachm, Tye-8, bull / horseman, normal type but copper, scarce, aF $21.00
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SHAHI, "Vakka Deva," c. 870-1008, AE20, MN-128, Tye-9.1, elephant L / lion R, Kabul, aVF $12.00 sold
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SHAHI, "Vakka Deva," c. 870-1008, AE20, MN-128, Tye-9.1, elephant L / lion R, Kabul, VF $18.50 sold
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SHAHI, "Vakka Deva," c. 870-1008, 20mm bronze, elephant L / lion R, Kabul, Tye-9, VF $21.00 sold
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SHAHI, "Vakka Deva," c. 870-1008, 20mm bronze, 3.5g, MN-128, Tye-9.1, elephant L / lion R, Kabul, overstruck on something, VF $24.00 sold
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SHAHI, "Vakka Deva," c. 870-1008, 20mm bronze, MN-128, Tye-9.3, elephant L / lion R, Va below lion, F $39.00 sold 3/11/2011
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SHAHI, Bhima Deva, c. 950 AD, silver jital, Kabul, T-11, rare, F $135.00 sold
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SHAHI, "Samanta Deva," c. 850-1000 AD, silver jital, bull / horseman, Ohind, T-14.1, XF $28.00 sold
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SHAHI, "Samanta Deva," c. 850-1000 AD, silver jital, bull / horseman, Ohind, T-14.1, aXF $21.00 sold
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Samanta Deva was a title rather than a name.  These coins are common and cheap in "ordinary" condition.  These specimens are superior.
 
 
 

SHAHI, "Samanta Deva," c. 850-1000 AD, 17mm bronze, Tye-19, elephant L / lion R, excellent aXF $24.00 sold
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SHAHI, "Samanta Deva," c. 850-1000 AD, 1/4 unit, elephant L with odd Arabic looking calligraphy above / lion, copper, 15.5mm, 0.93g, VF $60.00 sold 10/11/2016
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SHAHI, "Samanta Deva," c. 850-1000 AD, 17mm copper, Tye-19.1, elephant L/ lion R, flat strike, aXF $13.00 sold
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SHAHI, "Samanta Deva," c. 850-1000 AD, 17-19mm coppers, Tye-19.1, elephant L/ lion R, lot of 4 completely different treatments, F-VF $24.00 sold
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277-88. SHAHI, "Samanta Deva," c. 850-1000 AD, silver jital, T-21.2v, bull / horseman, distinctive spread style, dot between bull's horns, nice F $32.00 sold 6/14/201
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SHAHI, Khudarayaka, c. 903-915, silver jital, bull / horseman, T-22.1, MN-113, bit of horn, F $21.00 sold 9/15/2010
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Khudarayaka, the last Shahi personage, probably stayed on as Shahi governor of Kabul after it was taken by the Ghaznavids.
 
 
 
 

SHAHI/ISLAMIC, Khudarayaka, c. 903-915, silver jital, T23, MN-129, bull / horseman, Arabic "Adl" to R of horseman, issued for a short period immediately after the capture of Kabul by the Muslims, dark VF $95.00
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SHAHI/ISLAMIC,Khudarayaka, c. 903-915, silver jital, T23, MN-129, bull / horseman, Arabic "Adl" to R of horseman, F+ $65.00 sold 8/17/2004
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SHAHI/ISLAMIC, Khudarayaka, c. 903-915, silver jital, T23, MN-129, bull / horseman, Arabic "Adl" to R of horseman, Kabul, horn silver, aVF $56.00
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SHAHI/ISLAMIC, Khudarayaka, c. 903-915, silver jital, T23, MN-129, bull / horseman, Arabic "Adl" to R of horseman, Kabul, F $55.00
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275-22. SHAHI/ISLAMIC, Khudarayaka, c. 903-915, silver jital, T23, MN-129, bull / horseman, Arabic "Adl" to R of horseman, Kabul, F $53.00
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SHAHI/ISLAMIC, Khudarayaka, c. 903-915, silver plated jital, T23v, MN-129v, bull / horseman, Arabic "Adl" to R of horseman, Kabul, ugly F $21.00
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ANONYMOUS POST-SHAHI, 900-1200 AD, billon jital, T-34.1, bull / horseman, VF $16.00
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POST-SHAHI, unattributed, c. 1000-1200 AD, billon jital, T-35v1, bull / horseman, nice VF $15.00
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