India, Magadha Empire. Punch mark silver. 600 BC to 321 BC.

Ancient Coins - India, Magadha Empire. Punch mark silver. 600 BC to 321 BC.
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Magadha Empire. 600 BC to 321 BC.

Denomination : Silver karshapana.

Size : 14.7 x 20.9 mm. Weight : 2.97 grams (see the note at the bottom).

Date : probably after 400 BC.

Grade :  F

Reference : Ma-4049

Obverse : Several punch marks, that probably identified the King and mint, and were individually punch into the coin, probably before it was trimmed to proper weight.   It is normal on these for most or all the marks to be fragmentary (running off the edge) and specimens with all marks fully on the coin probably do not exist on the Magadha series.

Reverse : Uncertain punch mark.

Mitchiner, in his series ORIENTAL COINS AND THEIR VALUES, attributes this particular set of marks as #4049, and that is the only type he lists with the symbol of two dots with the small fish like figures around it (both dots are two of the "fish" are visible" and dates it to the time of Mahapadma Nada (just after 346BC), but most experts in this field do not accept his attributions and feel that currently we simply do not know which kings issued which sets of punches. 

The weight standard for this period (or coins with these stamps) is about 3.6 gram, and the 2.87 grams this specimen weighs suggest it may have been cut down to continue circulating later in the Mauryan period when the standards were lower.

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