INDIA, Kuru janapada, c.4th century BCE, Silver 15-mana, biface with 6-arm symbol, broad flan, RARE and SUPERB!

Ancient Coins - INDIA, Kuru janapada, c.4th century BCE, Silver 15-mana, biface with 6-arm symbol, broad flan, RARE and SUPERB!
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Obverse Triskele type shape with central pellet and pellets in the curves of the arms, pelleted crescents ringing the outside
Reverse Six-arm symbol with arrows and taurines, pelleted annulets between the arms
Date c. 4th Century BCE
Weight 1.44 gm.
Diameter 15 mm.
Die axis n.a.
Reference MATEC 3702, Rajgor 428
Comments The Kuru janapada was located around the modern city of Delhi, with its capital at Indraprastha. It was said to include a considerable area around that, much of what is today the state of Haryana, and to be ruled by the family of Yudhishthira, the head of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata. Mahapadma Nanda incorporated the Kuru domain into the Magadhan empire around 350 BCE.

Rajgor calls these coins "Babyal coins," after the town of Babyal in the state of Haryana, where coins of this type were said to have been found. However, according to Mitchiner, this information is incorrect, and all known coins of these types have been found in Sugh in Ambala district. He and others have assigned them to the Kurus, and indeed the known parts of the Kuru janpada are in any case very close to Babyal.
These biface coins tend to have broader flans than the uniface coins and the triskele side appears to be slightly flattened. Perhaps they were uniface coins that were counterstruck on the reverse with the symbol of Magadha after Mahapadma Nanda annexed the Kuru region to his kingdom.
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