India, Mauryan Empire. Punch mark silver. 321 to 187 BC.

Ancient Coins - India, Mauryan Empire.  Punch mark silver. 321 to 187 BC.
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Mauryan Empire. 321 to 187 BC.

Denomination : Silver karshapana.

Size : 9.2 x 15.2 mm. Weight : 3.24 grams.

Grade :  VG

Reference : Ma-4203 to 4205

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 Mauryan series.

On this example one can see fragements of a sun symbol, circular array of arrows, sacred hill, dog with a pup in it's mouth, and an additional control mark which I am not certain what it represents. 

Reverse : A punch mark of a triskales struck in twice.    This same reverse punch is visible on MA-4205.

Mitchiner, in his series ORIENTAL COINS AND THEIR VALUES, attributes this particular set of marks as #4203 and dates it to the time of Salisuka (207 to 194 BC), 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. 

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