INDIA,MAGADHA: Archaic period Silver 25-mashas. UNLISTED, EXTREMELY RARE and SUPERB!


Price: US$ 1,100.00 € 960.96
£ 802.45
AUD 1518.55
CHF 1002.21
CAD 1377.09
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  • SKU: 624.12
Obverse Four official punches: Central 6-arm symbol, sun, tree, triangle with four pellets
Reverse Blank
Date c. 6th-5th century BCE
Weight 5.38 gm.
Dimensions 29 x 25 mm.
Die axis n.a.
Reference MATEC --- (unlisted)
Comments This coin belongs to the earliest, pre-karshapana issues of Magadha which are all EXTREMELY RARE. They were not covered in Gupta and Hardaker's seminal work on the Magadha-Maurya coinage. The very first types featured only the central 6-arm symbol; this coin belongs to the second round of issues where the 6-arm symbol was supplemented with a sun and two other symbols. The denomination of 25 mashas was meant to weigh approximately 5.45 gm, considerably heavier than the later 3.49 gm karshapana. This is a SUPERB specimen, UNLISTED in Mitchiner.

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