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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Denomination : Silver karshapana.

Size : 11.8 x 12.9 mm. Weight : 3.20 grams.

Grade :  F with red to brown staining (this is a stain on the surface, and not a copper core showing through).

Reference : Ma-4183 to 4184

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.

Reverse : Punch mark of a Bird on a hill, as on Ma-4182.

Mitchiner, in his series ORIENTAL COINS AND THEIR VALUES, attributes this particular set of marks as #4183 and dates it to the time of Kunala, (232 to 224 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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