INDIA, MAGADHA: Series III Silver punchmarked karshapana, GH 322. RARE+CHOICE!

Ancient Coins - INDIA, MAGADHA: Series III Silver punchmarked karshapana, GH 322. RARE+CHOICE!
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Obverse Five official punches, plus a sixth obverse countermark.
(See image below for the official marks)
Reverse Numerous unofficial banker's marks
Date c. 5th century BCE
Weight 2.97 gm.
Dimensions 20 x 15 mm.
Die axis n.a.
Reference GH 322 var
Comments The Series III coins are somewhat smaller than the earlier Series I and II coins, but still larger than the later Maurya issues. This is a CHOICE specimen, with very clear punches plus a sixth obverse countermark that may be a sixth official mark. This mark (see mark 481 on Gupta Hardaker, page 101) consists of four double concentric circles within a cartouche, here imposed on top of the fourth official mark in the top left corner of the obverse. Some people believe this is an official or semi-official mark, perhaps a countermark of some sort, but different from a banker's mark. As such, and combined with the numerous banker's marks on the reverse, this coin is very interesting, unusual and rare.

Gupta and Hardaker date the Series III coins to c. 430-410 BCE.
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Ancient Coins - INDIA, MAGADHA: Series III Silver punchmarked karshapana, GH 322. RARE+CHOICE!
Prix SKU: 550.49
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