INDIA, SHAKYA janapada, c. 5th century BCE, Silver 5-shana, Hirano I.2 type (pentagonal). RARE & CHOICE!

Ancient Coins - INDIA, SHAKYA janapada, c. 5th century BCE, Silver 5-shana, Hirano I.2 type (pentagonal). RARE & CHOICE!
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Obverse Central pentagonal punch plus one banker's mark
Reverse Blank
Date c. 6th-5th century BCE
Weight 6.96 gm.
Dimensions 22 x 22 mm.
Die axis n.a.
Reference Hirano: Archaic Silver Punchmarked Coinage: The Ghaghara-Gandak River Region, type I.2
Comments Around 500 BCE, India was divided up into many separate "countries." Buddhist sources identify 16 major janapadas, or tribal territories. Coinage commenced at around this time and two of the earliest janapadas to issue coins were Gandhara, in the north-west (now northern Pakistan), and Shakya, along the India-Nepal borderlands. This coin is an issue of the Shakya janapada. This janapada is of particular interest as it was the birthplace of the Shakya prince Siddhartha Gautama, who became the Buddha. It is quite likely that the Shakya coin comes from approximately the same time and place as the Buddha. This is a CHOICE specimen.

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Price SKU: 438.39
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