INDIA, MAGADHA: Series I AR punchmarked karshapana GH 205. RARE and CHOICE!

Ancient Coins - INDIA, MAGADHA: Series I AR punchmarked karshapana GH 205. RARE and CHOICE!
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Obverse Five official punches plus three banker's marks
(See image below for the official marks)
Reverse Traces of old marks or banker's marks
Date c. 6th-5th century BCE
Weight 3.42 gm.
Dimensions 23 x 22 mm.
Die axis n.a.
Reference GH 205
Comments
The Series I coins are the earliest issues of the Magadha janapada and are all very rare.
 
Gupta and Hardaker attribute all Series I coins to the kings Bimbisara and Ajatashatru, which would make them contemporary to the time of the Buddha. Indeed, Bimbisara offered his kingdom to the Buddha and the Buddha attained his enlightenment while living in Magadha.
 
This coin shows traces of punches on the reverse and may be an overstrike. Interesting!
Image of punches


Ancient Coins - INDIA, MAGADHA: Series I AR punchmarked karshapana GH 205. RARE and CHOICE!
Ancient Coins - INDIA, MAGADHA: Series I AR punchmarked karshapana GH 205. RARE and CHOICE!
Prix SKU: 428.21
US$ 165.00
  • € 142.03
  • £ 120.05
  • AUD 219.55
  • CHF 151.55
  • CAD 204.73

Cotation au: 10/28/21

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