INDIA, MAURYA: Series VIb Silver punchmarked karshapana, GH 566

Ancient Coins - INDIA, MAURYA: Series VIb Silver punchmarked karshapana, GH 566
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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 3.45 gm.
Dimensions 14 x 15 mm.
Die axis n.a.
Reference GH 566
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.

It is possible that the standing figure on this coin represents Lord Shiva, and would be one of the earliest representations of the Hindu deity.


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.
Image of punches
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Ancient Coins - INDIA, MAURYA: Series VIb Silver punchmarked karshapana, GH 566
Precio SKU: sjv018
US$ 15.00
  • € 12.51
  • £ 10.86
  • AUD 19.35
  • CHF 13.78
  • CAD 18.75

Cotización al: 04/18/21

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