INDIA, MAGADHA: Series I AR punchmarked karshapana GH 279g. VERY RARE and CHOICE!

Ancient Coins - INDIA, MAGADHA: Series I AR punchmarked karshapana GH 279g. VERY RARE and CHOICE!
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Obverse Five official punches one banker's mark
(See image below for the official marks)
Reverse Blank (see image below)
Date c. 5th century BCE
Weight 3.33 gm.
Dimensions 20 x 20 mm.
Die axis n.a.
Reference GH 279g
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 type was unknown when the Gupta-Hardaker catalogue was written; it has been included in the second edition of 2014. Hardaker has classified the type as a transitional type between Series I and II.
 
A CHOICE coin with all five punches visible and just one neatly placed banker's mark (rosette). Hardaker classifies it as XR.
Image of punches:

Ancient Coins - INDIA, MAGADHA: Series I AR punchmarked karshapana GH 279g. VERY RARE and CHOICE!
Prix SKU: 339.35
US$ 175.00
  • € 154.21
  • £ 128.98
  • AUD 243.25
  • CHF 159.65
  • CAD 219.15

Cotation au: 01/22/22

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