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RARE huge 1st series silver drachm, Bhattiya to Ajatashatru (ca.550-461 BC), Magadha Empire, Ancient India (G/H #108)

RARE huge 1st series silver drachm, Bhattiya to Ajatashatru (ca.550-461 BC), Magadha Empire, Ancient India (G/H #108)

Five various punchmarks. Large silver planchet, a beautiful coin. 26x17mm, 3.37 grams. Gupta/Hardaker series I (#108).

If you want to learn more about these early karshapanas - please follow this link: http://www.ancientcoins.ca/magadha/index.htm

A wonderful huge silver coin from the lifetime of Buddha. First issue Karshapanas are rare, and are hard to find. The date when these coins started being issued is most obscure. It is fairly certain that by ca.470 BC the large flat karshapanas such as this coin were replaced by karshapanas of the same weight but struck on smaller, thicker flan. So the tentative dating of these coins is ca.550 BC (when the first coins of this type were produced) until about 470 BC, when they were replaced by type II karshapanas. The list of rulers from this period was as follows: Bhattiya - ?-545 BC Bimbasara - ca.545-493 BC Ajatashatru - ca.493-461 BC More precise attribution of these coins is impossible at this point.

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