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Lot of 2 rare tiny 1-ratti silver punchmarks (1/32 of a karshapana), ca.305-200 BC, Gandhara under Mauryan rule, India

Lot of 2 rare tiny 1-ratti silver punchmarks (1/32 of a karshapana), ca.305-200 BC, Gandhara under Mauryan rule, India

Single punchmark consisting of the dots, crescents and tourine symbols / Blank. Each coin is 4.5mm, the weight is 0.15 grams each. Taxila mint (?) in Gandhara. Mitchiner V.4, p.313.

ex-HJB. Two coins are included in this lot.

Gandhara was included in the Mauryan Empire when Chandragupta Maurya took it from Seleucus Nicator (Alexander's successor in Asia) in 305 BC. After a decisive battle, the Mauryan Emperor extended his domains up to and including Southern Afghanistan. With the completion of the Empire's Grand Trunk Road, the region prospered as a center of trade. Gandhara remained a part of the Mauryan Empire for about a century and a half. During this time, tiny silver coins weighing one ratti were produced in the region. The coins are scarce, but the great majority of them is poorly struck are they are found in very bad condition, with the design illegible and worn. These are the smallest punchmarked coins ever struck.

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