India, Mauryan Empire. Punch mark. 321 to 187 BC.

Ancient Coins - India, Mauryan Empire. Punch mark. 321 to 187 BC.
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India, Mauryan Empire.  321 to 187 BC.

Denomination : Silver karshapana.

Size : 12.1 x 14.0 mm. Weight : 3.20 grams.

Grade :  gF

Reference : Ma-4224

Obverse : Several punch marks, that probably identified the King and mint, and were individually punch into the coin, probably before it was trimmed to proper weight.   It is normal on these for most or all the marks to be fragmentary (running off the edge) and specimens with all marks fully on the coin probably do not exist on the Mauryan series.

The second symbol, of the circle with arrows, is unusual in this part of the series having the group of 5 dots along one edge, which is not seen on any other issues.

Reverse : A single tree like punch.

Mitchiner, in his series ORIENTAL COINS AND THEIR VALUES, attributes this particular set of marks as #4224 and dates it to the time of Bindusara, (297 to 272 BC) at a secondary mint, but most experts in this field do not accept his attributions and feel that currently we simply do not know which kings issued which sets of punches. 

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