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Scarce punchmarked silver 1/4 karshapana from Saurashtra Janapada (ca.450-300 BC), Ancient India

Scarce punchmarked silver 1/4 karshapana from Saurashtra Janapada (ca.450-300 BC), Ancient India

Single punchmark, a bul walking left, overstruck on an older type / traces of the old designs. Overtruck (at least twice) on an older type (with an elephant design), as usual for Saurashtra coins. 13x12mm, 0.91 grams. The overtype is Rajgor 407, one of the undertypes are 409b, the other undertypes are uncertain.

Saurashtra was a one of the original Janapadas located in Gujarat. It was one of the last Janapadas to fall - it was annexed to the Mauryan Empire only during the reign of Chandragupta Maurya (ca.300 BC). The scarce coins of Saurashtra were quite different from most other Indian coins of those times - there were struck using a single die, and were usually restruck with a new design on one or more occasions, resulting in quite a mess, like the one seen on this coin.

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