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Early punch silver drachm, Emperor Chandragupta (ca. 321-297 BC), Mathura mint, Mauryan Empire, India (G/H 522)

Early punch silver drachm, Emperor Chandragupta (ca. 321-297 BC), Mathura mint, Mauryan Empire, India (G/H 522)

Five punched symbols: Sun, 6-armed symbol, Chandragupta's symbol and two other symbols (see above) / A number of bankers' marks. 16x11mm, 3.35 grams. Mathura mint. Gupta/Hardaker Series V XVI B 112 (#522); MACW 4158.

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Chandragupta Maurya (340 BC – 298 BC) was the founder of the Maurya Empire and the first emperor to unify most of Greater India into one state. He ruled from 322 BC until his voluntary retirement and abdication in favour of his son Bindusara in 298 BC. Chandragupta Maurya was a pivotal figure in the history of India. Prior to his consolidation of power, most of South Asia was ruled by small states, while the Nanda Empire dominated the Indus-Gangetic Plain. Chandragupta succeeded in conquering and subjugating almost all of the Indian subcontinent by the end of his reign, except the Tamil regions (Chera, Chola and Pandya) and Kalinga. His empire extended from Bengal in the east, to Afghanistan and Balochistan in the west, to the Himalayas and Kashmir in the north, and to the Deccan Plateau in the south. It was the largest empire yet seen in Indian history.

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