INDIA, MAURYA: Series VIb Silver punchmarked karshapana, GH 549. CHOICE!


Price: US$ 25.00 € 22.05
£ 18.36
AUD 34.53
CHF 22.89
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Obverse Five official punches.
(See image below for the official marks)
Reverse One reverse mark
Date c. 3rd-2nd century BCE
Weight 3.36 gm.
Dimensions 13 x 12 mm.
Die axis n.a.
Reference GH 549
Comments According to Gupta and Hardaker, the Series VIb coins date to c. 270-175 BCE, the time of the great Mauryan emperor Ashoka and his successors. Ashoka, of course, was the emperor who spread the word of the Buddha throughout his empire.

The reverse of this coin has a mark that repeats one of the official marks on the obverse, except that it is smaller. Almost certainly, this is an official mark, not a banker's mark, as the coins in this series almost always have these small versions of official marks on them. GH 549 is a less common type.
Image of punches
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