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

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

Denomination : Silver karshapana.

Size : 10.5 x 13.2 mm. Weight : 3.39 grams.

Grade :  VG

Reference : Ma-4173

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.

Reverse : Uncertain punch mark which is mostly off the edge.

Mitchiner, in his series ORIENTAL COINS AND THEIR VALUES, attributes this particular set of marks as #4173 and dates it to the time of Ashoka, (272 to 232 BC), 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.   The peacock symbol is very clear although the hill is stands on is mostly off the flan

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